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The New Zealand Food Network

Food insecurity is alive and well in New Zealand

  • Nearly 1 in 5 kiwis aren’t sure where they’ll get their next meal
  • Meanwhile, 157,000 tonnes of food go into landfill each year.

New Zealand Food Network (NZFN) is a not-for-profit organisation, founded to provide people in need with healthy food, through sharing bulk surplus and donated food.

They collect quality surplus and donated bulk food from producers, growers and wholesalers around the country, store food at the correct temperature, sort it and distribute it to food rescue organisations, iwi and charities across New Zealand, so that they may feed the communities they serve.

NZFN believe it is our collective responsibility to ensure everyone in New Zealand has access to healthy, nutritious food. While nutritious food is important to everyone, access to this food can be particularly challenging for those who may be disadvantaged, while food insecurity may have an impact on a range of physical and mental health issues.

To help address this, the NZFN works with a range of food producers, manufacturers and wholesalers to source a range of fresh and healthy foods, including fruit, vegetables, and protein.

They are also addressing the management of food waste through the Our People and Planet initiative, NZ Food Network and Envirowaste are putting food into the hands of those in need and reducing waste going to landfill.

Partnered with Envirowaste helps to ensure that even if surplus food is inedible, they can divert it to be processed into stock feed, compost, vermiculture, biofuel and gas to energy at one of EnviroWaste’s environmentally sustainable waste management facilities. Wherever possible, packaging is reused or recycled. Everyone is better off with a system like this.

Learn more about these amazing organisations offering services to people in need and what we can do to offer our support.

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