Nourished for Nil was formed in 2017 by Christina McBeth and Louise Saurin with a mission to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to the Hawke's Bay community. The goal is to minimise the food waste in Hawke's Bay and keep our community nourished for nil.
We are a local non-profit organisation with a simple system, rescuing food from donors to recipients in the space of mere hours. The team is comprised of committed volunteers with a shared passion for reducing waste and helping the community.
Nourished for Nil will not discriminate, judge or label any community members who find themselves needing their service. We are open to everyone!
As a nation, we waste around $1.17 billion a year on food that we buy and throw away uneaten. That is 33% fresh fruit & vegetables, 27% leftovers, 15% packaged and long life products, 9% drinks and frozen items, and 7% take-a-ways.
Add to that the staggering 20 - 40 per cent of fresh fruit and veggies that never even make it to the supermarket shelves because they don’t fall within consumer standards.
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.