Food rescue service wins national award

DAILY GREENS: Matt Dagger from Kaibosh
DAILY GREENS: Matt Dagger from Kaibosh

Wellington food rescue service Kaibosh was named supreme winner at Saturday night's TrustPower National Community Awards held in Waitangi.

Kaibosh was the Wellington community award champion and for the national final it had to give an eight-minute presentation on its activities to a judging session held at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, and submit a 1000-word summary.

It was up against 24 other community groups for the supreme title.

"Kaibosh is honoured and humbled to be named the supreme winner," said Kaibosh co-founder George Langlands.

"Kaibosh is a commonsense solution to the problems of food poverty and food waste in our community. By working together with charities, the food industry, volunteers and businesses, we provide food to the people who need it most."

Kaibosh is New Zealand's first dedicated food-rescue organisation. It collaborates with food retailers and producers to rescue surplus food that's good enough to eat, but not good enough to sell, and prevent it from being discarded into landfills.

The food is given to charity organisations around the Wellington region.

Kaibosh receives a trophy, $2500 prizemoney, a $500 voucher from Exult, a leading specialist training provider for the community sector, and a framed certificate.

The community awards recognise the contribution to the community made by voluntary groups and volunteer-based not-for-profit groups.

The Dominion Post