Donate Food

Discover more about food rescue and how KCA contributes to this important initiative as a proud member of the Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance.

What is food rescue? Watch our informative video to learn more.

If you're interested in making a food donation, please contact Tracy on 022 465 2201, Monday to Friday, from 7am to 3pm. We'll provide you with essential information, including:

  • Details on the types of food that KCA rescues (you can view our food rescue brochure by clicking here)
  • Official food donation advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
  • A Memorandum of Understanding outlining both KCA's and your responsibilities when donating food.

Once you've signed up as a food donor, we'll work with you to arrange a pick-up schedule that suits your needs. Our dedicated volunteers will meticulously sort and check your food stock for quality before packaging it on-site during their regular pick-up times, whether daily, weekly, or on an ad hoc basis.

For larger quantities, our sponsors at Foodstuffs North Island Transport Division may collect the palletised stock in their branded trucks. Rest assured, we'll provide you with all the necessary details for this arrangement.

In most cases, donated food is redistributed back into the community within three hours of being rescued, on weekdays between 9am and 12pm. Any remaining stock is stored in our large chiller room, maintained in accordance with food safety standards, ready for collection by our partner agencies the following day.

Please note that any food not meeting our quality standards for distribution to community groups will be left behind for you to dispose of. Unfortunately, we cannot accept food past its 'Use by Date'. Throughout the entire process, food is handled and stored with strict adherence to food safety standards, ensuring the utmost quality and safety for all involved.

What foods do we rescue?

What food don’t we rescue?


How about Food Safety regulations?

There are no regulations stopping businesses from donating surplus food and it is safe to do so.

You can find out more on MPI’s website.