Community fridge and pantry
Kai Conscious community fridge and pantry
The community fridge and pantry was set up in 2019, thanks to grant funding from the Waiheke Local Board. Everyone is invited to take the rescued food, which we collect from local businesses three times a week, and that is also donated by households with surplus food in the kitchen or the veggie garden. The Kai Conscious community fridge and pantry helps to further reduce food waste and reinforce a supportive and ‘waste-not’ community mindset.
The fridge and pantry are emptied fairly quickly, so if you are in need of food, please pop into Waiheke Budgeting Service located at 6 Putiki Road opened on Tuesday 9-4, Wednesday 9-2, Thursday 9-2 and Fridays 9-2 pm
Food resilience initiatives
There's lots happening in the food resilience space on Waiheke. Download our PDF which summarises opportunities to get involved in your area, including contact information, social media links and locations. You'll find some of our projects on the list, as well as many more!
Donate your surplus produce
Is your gardening going so well that you've got lots of surplus? You can pickle and preserve to your heart's content, but you can also give to the community by donating your fresh fruit, veges and herbs to the Sustainability Centre community fridge. Check out our 1-page guide on best practice for donating kai and drop-off locations.
Kai Conscious Cafe
Visit the Sustainability Centre on a Friday lunchtime and join a shared lunch prepared by our Kai Conscious cooks using rescued food from stores and eateries across Waiheke. Donate what you think it is worth, or what you are able, and contribute to reducing food waste and food poverty in our community.
We can help you get you started at home with workshops, support and composting products including Bokashi systems and worm farms. We even sell our own compost and crushed shells for the garden. If you're a business looking to manage food scraps and compostables sustainably, we want to hear from you too. Visit the Sustainability Centre for supplies or get in touch.
Volunteers and internships
Join one of our amazing projects and reduce food waste, support our community or help restore our beautiful wetlands. There are plenty of activities to choose from and if you're more of an indoors person, there's lots going on in the Kai Conscious kitchen and WRT offices.
Kai Gardens is a demonstration space at the front of the Sustainability Centre where we grow edible plants in raised beds and run composting workshops. We also have a greenhouse out the back where all our seasonal seedlings are raised and sold. The project supports food resilience and education on Waiheke, providing practical skills skills in growing food at home.