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.