How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste and Hunger in New Zealand

by Rina Diane

People lining up for food at The Free Store in Wellington, New Zealand (Benjamin Johnson)

The Free Store is a nonprofit organization that redistributes surplus food from local businesses in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, to those in need: redistributing an estimated 800 to 1,500 food items each weeknight, averaging about 250,000 food items a year.

  • World Hunger Education
    Service
    P.O. Box 29015
    Washington, D.C. 20017
  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
    • Promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.

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