A new charity, Waste-Not Kitchen, has launched with the aim of feeding Kiwis in need with meals created from surplus retail meat that would otherwise go to landfill in a one-for-one model. Farro co-founder Janene Draper and her sister Leysa Ross are behind the initiative.
Waste-Not Kitchen currently offers four flavours of soups: Roast Chicken, Hearty Beef & Bean, Moroccan Lamb and Asian Pork Noodle. The soups retail at $9.99 for a 620ml pottle, and are stocked at Auckland Farro stores.
The New Zealand-raised meat and vegetables used to create the soups have been donated by Farro and supplier T&G Global.
For every soup bought at retail, the registered charity will donate one to families in need at the Auckland Women’s Refuge or children participating in the I Have A Dream Charitable Trust.
“We want to eliminate food waste, feed those in need in our community and have a positive impact on our planet,” says Ross, who is Waste-Not Kitchen co-creator and general manager. “These are tasty soups for people to enjoy but with the added benefit of feeding those in need and helping reducing food waste in New Zealand.”
According to Love Food Hate Waste, every year Kiwis send 157,389 tonnes of edible food to landfill. Draper says it was the wastage of retail meat in stores that inspired Waste-Not Kitchen: “If we have gone to the effort to produce meat, let’s ensure it is all used and used wisely. Waste-Not Kitchen uses surplus meat and vegetables, that would otherwise be thrown out, to make ready-to-heat hearty meals.”