Here is the entry from Kaibosh Kāpiti-Horowhenua for our National Volunteer Week Volunteer Story Competition.
I would like to enter the beyond amazing volunteers from Kaibosh Kāpiti-Horowhenua! In the first year of operation we have rescued 57,000 kilos of food and distributed it to over 27 charities and community groups in the area. We wouldn't have been able to do it without our very giving volunteers. The volunteers give an hour or two a week and come in and not only quality check and sort the food but they also engage with the charities and community groups when they come in to pick up the food. Our volunteers are brand ambassadors for Kaibosh, they understand that Kaibosh is the link between the food industry and supporting charities and community services, by freeing up more of their time to focus on their clients and not worry about the food side of things.
Food rescue is good for our community and environment in many ways:
• Charities and community groups receive a wide range of healthy, nutritious food.
• This food is provided free of charge, allowing community groups to focus their limited resources on providing valuable services.
• Stopping quality food from being thrown out significantly cuts down the amount of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere.
• Food donors make a valuable contribution by providing food to those in their community who need it most.
• Volunteers have a direct and positive impact on their community and environment.