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About us

Christina McBeth has been living in NZ for over 20 years and comes from a Wellness background, having studied Chiropractic in Auckland before settling down in the Hawkes Bay.

Passionate about reducing waste, recycling, reusing and finally seeing an opportunity in her own community to do something that addresses all these, is how the idea for Nourished for Nil was conceived.

Living in the ‘fruit bowl’ of NZ she feels a sort of moral obligation to reduce the food waste, so it makes sense to connect surplus food  with those who it was intended for!  A married mother of 3 boys, she wants to use this platform to show people how a negative such as food waste can be turned into a positive.

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We are a local non-profit organisation whose sole aim it is to rescue surplus food and redistribute it to the local Hawke’s Bay community. Our team is comprised of committed volunteers whose shared passion is reducing waste and helping others.

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Interesting Facts

According to the World Resources Institute, Oceania (that is us NZ) and the USA are the most wasteful countries in the world. We throw our more than 500 calories of food EVERY SINGLE DAY.

That is 33% fresh fruit & vegetables, 27% leftovers, 15% packaged and long life products, 9% drinks and frozens, and 7% take-a-ways.
In NZ alone 2015 stats show the average household wastes $563 of food, totalling over $872 million a year.
Add to that the staggering 20-40 percent of fresh fruit and veggies that never even make it to the shelves because they don’t fall within consumer standards.

Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons)

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year approximately 1.3 BILLION tons – gets lost or wasted
Food waste that goes to the landfill breaks down and produces methane gas.

This is 21 more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
Far too little food is recovered or rescued and that is where Nourished for Nil comes in.

Nourished for Nil targets Food waste that is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell or is surplus to requirement. It is that simple.

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
– Buddha

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