20 Dec 2014

The Free Store

From This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 20 December 2014

Free store

The Free Store is a project that seems to have found a radical solution to the problem of food waste; hungry people!

It's a non-profit organisation with a team of more than 100 volunteers collecting food from 30 cafes in Wellington, and then redistributing this to people in need from its home in a 20 foot shipping container.

From this one location, using food that would otherwise be destined for the bin, it's on track to hand out 65,000 food items to 12,000 people over the course of one year.

This Way Up's Simon Morton spoke to Benjamin Johnson at the Free Store and met the team of volunteers and cafes that makes it happen, as well some of the people using the service.