About Us

Just Zilch – food rescue – free store!

We are New Zealand’s longest running free store. More than 480,077 people have received food from us since we began in 2011! We have done 392,703 transactions (updated 15 July 2022).

Our team of more than 100 volunteers is committed to kaitiakitanga – together we look after our resources.

We have removed more than 7.163 million food items from the waste stream. That’s more than 2,507 tonnes of food (at an average of 350g per item)

On average we give away approximately $85,000 worth of food each week.

We support an average 250 people every day, who in turn support a further two people in the home – that’s about 700-800 people a day!

We distribute food to about non-government organisations, we currently have about 140 registered community groups, from Otaki to Rotorua to Hastings and across to New Plymouth and everywhere in between by providing them with food on a regular basis which they, in turn, give to the people they support and help.

What we do is only possible because of the generous support of food producers, logistics companies, retailers and the local hospitality industry.

The only thing we ask of our customers is that they are considerate of others and only take what they need.


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