Food is a basic necessity and yet in New Zealand alone, billions of dollars of edible food is wasted, to be left decomposing in landfills, while one in five children live in households facing food insecurity.

The Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance (AFRA) supports and advocates for members and the food rescue sector. You can check out more about what AFRA delivers for its members here.

In the last year (2021-2022) AFRA members redistributed around 10 million kilograms of food or the equivalent of over 29 million meals to more than 1,000 recipient organisations across Aotearoa, avoiding 20,250 tonnes of Co2 emissions.

What is Food Rescue?

Food Rescue: turning an environmental problem into a social solution.

What’s the problem?

Food waste

  • a third of the food produced globally is wasted from farm to fork. In Aotearoa, the average New Zealand household spends over $650 on wasted food each year.

Food insecurity

  • one in nine people globally are undernourished. In New Zealand, one in five children face food insecurity.

Food to the rescue

AFRA members are here to offer a local, practical solution to meet immediate hunger needs and prevent food going to landfill.

Food rescue organisations, with the support of large numbers of volunteers across Aotearoa collect, store and distribute thousands of tonnes of good, nutritious food to over 1,000 recipient organisations across the country.

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What’s the impact of food rescue?

In the last year AFRA members have:



worth of good, nutritious food from landfill.


20,250,312 kgs

of CO2 (e) going into the atmosphere.


10,231,478 kgs

of food to people who need it.



meals into our community.



litres of water from going down the drain.

The Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance (AFRA) supports the food rescue sector in Aotearoa, New Zealand to prevent food waste and nourish communities.

AFRA was formed in 2020 with a founding 17 food rescue organisations. It has since increased to 29 members and is still growing.

We support our food rescue member organisations in the following ways:





Read more about what AFRA has achieved for our members here.

We are always open to new food rescue organisations coming on board so if you are interested please get in touch.

AFRA is proud to release our SROI report.

Check out the incredible result here.