KiwiHarvest Dunedin (formally FoodShare) was founded in March 2012 by Deborah Manning. Leaving behind her job as a lawyer Deborah recruited an experienced and ‘hands-on’ board and established the social venture with a vision to reduce food poverty in our community.
With resources slim on the ground she started out collecting and distributing the donated food from her own car, and in the first month of operations the equivalent of 1000 meals were distributed amongst Dunedin’s charities for their clients. Now FoodShare collects surplus food from a growing list of providers and regularly distributes more than 50,000 meals each month.
With the growing success of FoodShare a second venture, KiwiHarvest was established in Auckland and began operations in March 2015. Both businesses were amalgamated in August 2017 to form KiwiHarvest - New Zealand's national food rescue organisation.
“The way humanity manages or mismanages its food supply will in many ways define the 21st century—currently we know that we are not doing a great job with at least one third of all food produced lost or wasted. It is an ethical and economic challenge but also an environmental one: for example if food waste and loss was a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.” – Nick Nuttall, Global Director of Communications, United Nations Environment Programme
Every member of our family has an important role to play in helping those that need support in our community and protecting our environment.
FoodShare is proud of it’s wide reaching and tangible impact in our community. We focus on achieving the following outcomes: