AFRA was formed in consultation with the food rescue sector and the results of those early discussions informed our Action Plan.

Four pillars were identified, which represented the primary purpose for the organisation and what we would deliver for our members: Collaboration, Best Practice, Capacity Building and Advocacy.

Explore the four pillars below and read about what we have achieved so far.


Greater impact through collective impact

  • Encourage sector wide relationships with larger donors
  • Co-ordinate cross-sector relationships
  • Engage with research and agencies on topics relevant to food rescue


  • Relationships and support with Countdown, FoodStuffs, Restaurant Association of NZ, Everybody Eats and Lunches in Schools. Application support for Waste Minimisation Fund, Countdown Fund and other potential donors.
  • Facilitated Aotearoa Food Systems Summit Dialogues, with supporting Food Rescue as now one of the top 10 actions identified by NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3. Working with Ministry of Social Development alongside our NGO partners Kore Hiakai and NZ Food Network for strategic alignment and collaboration across all areas of our Strategic Action Plan for greater impact.
  • Held New Zealand’s first ever Food Rescue Research Symposium which came up with a list of research topics relevant to food rescue. Engagement with the University of Otago on Data & Social Return on Investment (SROI).

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