Support Dunedin’s FoodShare —with donations

FoodShare 3 grapefruit

“Invest in us so we can take that investment and turn it into something real in the community.” –Deborah Manning, FoodShare

### ODT Online Tue, 7 Apr 2015
Half a million meals for Dunedin’s hungry
By Shawn McAvinue
More than 500,000 meals destined to be dumped have been diverted by a Dunedin non-profit group to feed the city’s hungry. FoodShare manager Pip Wood said more than 70 volunteers collected unwanted but edible food from more than 30 donor businesses, such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, bakeries, cafes and farmers’ markets. The food was then distributed to more than 20 social service agencies.
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Rescuing Food | Nourishing Communities

FoodShare collects excess fresh and frozen food from donor businesses (markets, cafes, bakeries etc), then sorts and distributes it to social service agencies. This allows us to achieve our twin aims of feeding the hungry and reducing food wastage. As a not-for-profit organisation, we neither buy nor charge donors for the food; nor do we charge the agencies to which we deliver. All our work is undertaken by volunteers.

FoodShare is a non-profit organisation in Dunedin, New Zealand. An incorporated charitable trust & registered charity (CC47792).
FoodShare’s Board of Trustees are chairman David Kirk, CEO Deborah Manning, Michael Coughlin, Pieter Brits and Suneil Connor.

Check out FoodShare supporters here!

Email: foodrescue @
Phone: 0800 44 55 33

Mailing Address:
FoodShare Charitable Trust, PO Box 12039, Dunedin 9043

FoodShare Gallery

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The Dunedin Night Shelter Trust provides emergency housing for homeless people. John Whelan receives donated food from the University of Otago.
The nutritious fresh food is used straight away to feed their hungry clients.

### September 2, 2014 – 5:53pm
Local charity celebrates a milestone
More than 100,000 kilograms of food destined for landfill has been recovered by a local charity. FoodShare has been retrieving unwanted food from a range of Dunedin businesses since early 2012. But even as the organisation celebrates its success, demand for its service is growing exponentially.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: FoodShare


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6 responses to “Support Dunedin’s FoodShare —with donations

  1. Elizabeth

    Many thanks to Dunedin blogger Owain Morris who regularly likes What if? posts and gets our message out to people on Facebook. Great work, Owain !!

  2. John Evans

    Elizabeth, I have just read my Just Energy bill. From April 1, Just Energy’s prices have been raised due to a price rise by Aurora.

    An additional cost on Dunedin energy users predicated by DCC debt and income issues.


    John Evans

  3. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sun, 19 Apr 2015
    Calling for volunteers
    By Dan Hutchinson – The Star
    They have hundreds of hungry mouths to feed and now Dunedin charity FoodShare needs more volunteers and sponsors. The organisation has been rescuing unwanted food and donations from supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, cafes and other businesses for three years […] Manager Pip Wood said it was “really, really short of volunteers” and wanted to hear from people who were able to regularly give a couple of hours during the week, or on a Saturday, to help with collections.
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  4. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 4 Jul 2015
    Dream fulfilled helping others
    By Sally Rae
    Deborah Manning’s “a-ha” moment came while reading the newspaper. The Dunedin lawyer had decided it was time to do something for the community in which she lived. Not entirely sure what that would be, she was bothered by media reports on poverty and children going to school hungry. But it was not until she read an article in the Otago Daily Times about dumpster diving – people retrieving food from skips – that she realised food rescue was what she wanted to do. So she set up FoodShare, an organisation based in Dunedin that collects excess perishable food from donor businesses, and then sorts and distributes it to social service agencies and community organisations to pass on to those in need.
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  5. Elizabeth

    “Dunedin should be very proud of being a community that takes a hard stance on both food waste and food insecurity.”

    Sat, 9 Apr 2016
    ODT: Proud to take a ‘hard stance’ on wasting food
    Dunedin food rescue organisation FoodShare has celebrated the delivery of its millionth meal. The organisation, which collects unused food from local restaurants and food providers and gives it to people in need, was established by former lawyer turned Foodshare chief executive Deborah Manning in 2012.

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