Kaivolution is a food rescue project — we collect food that would otherwise go to waste and support its redistribution across the region. When food waste goes to landfill, not only is the energy which produced the food wasted, but it also creates harmful greenhouse gases as it breaks down, which contributes to our carbon emissions.
We redistribute food to selected charities and through community centre-based free stores in Kirikiriroa-Hamilton. Charities redistribute to their networks and our free stores make food available directly to anyone who wishes to save it from going to waste.
We work with a variety of food suppliers across the Waikato, and their participation:
Countdown, New World, Pak N Save, Bidvest, Prolife Foods, Sky City Hamilton, Volare, Ingham’s Chicken, Nando’s, The Lettuce Man, Waikato Farmers’ Market, Newstead Apple Orchard, Kiwi Harvest, Community Fruit Pick, and the Hamilton Gardens.
We are currently on track to have rescued 1 million kilograms of food waste by June 2020.
Community Free Stores:
If you’d like to pick up food, please head along to one of the community free stores. You need to bring your own bags or boxes, and please contact the freestore organisation if you have any questions.
Te Whare o Te Ata & Fairfield Community Hall | 60a Sare Cresent, Fairfield & 235 Clarkin Road, Fairfield| 2.30–3.30pm Monday – Friday
Western Community Centre | 46 Hyde Avenue, Nawton | From 2pm Monday – Friday
Pukete Neighbourhood House | 43 Church Road, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete | From 1pm Monday – Friday
Te Whare Kokonga (Melville Community House) | 58 Bader Street, Bader, Hamilton | From 11am Monday – Thursday
We also work with charities who distribute food throughout their own networks. Please note, these organisations do not run free stores — so they are not open to the public.