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Choose your Kai at Nourished for Nil’s newly opened Social Supermarket

Nourished for Nil collects and distributes imperfect food that is safe but doesn’t quite meet consumer standards as well as safe to consume leftovers donated by cafes, restaurants and major supermarkets which would have otherwise been thrown out.

“Lottery's funding has been critical to our ongoing needs because it means we can pay essential staff to run this organisation and ensure logistics and delivery to the community is regular and reliable” — Nourished by Nil founder, Christina McBeth

The collected food is made available to the community to support those struggling with increased living costs while addressing climate change locally by capturing food waste and stopping it from ending up in landfill.

Since opening its doors in 2017, the charity organisation has served food to over 1,200 households weekly with a force of 80 volunteers and four staff working across four venues; supported in their work by funding from the Lottery Grants Board through funds raised by Lotto NZ.

Just in the past year, Nourished for Nil served over 40,000 families from one of their depots and gave out over 900 tonnes of food. The charity has not only established an extensive network that enhances food security within the wider community but has also fostered social inclusion by creating a vibrant community of volunteers and helpers.

Faced with the recent challenges of Cyclone Gabrielle and the Covid pandemic, the organisation recognised the need to strengthen their operations and hire additional staff such as an Operations Manager.

Lotto New Zealand distributes 100% of their profits back to local communities and Nourished for Nil is just one of the thousands of life-changing initiatives around the country that receive Lotto NZ’s funding each year.   Article Thanks to: Nourished for Nil | Local Grants | Lotto New Zealand (

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