The Free Store: Free surplus food for all in Wellington, New Zealand

Wonderful Idea!

Life & Soul Magazine

Shipping containers have provided a multitude of uses and services the world over. There’s been boutique hotels, pop-up shopping malls and cafes housed in these containers. Now a shipping container in Wellington, New Zealand is housing a free food service, The Free Store.

The Free Store redistributes quality, fresh surplus food from Wellington’s eateries directly to those in need. There are no conditions on who can come to The Free Store – anybody can come for whatever reason and take whatever they want.

The Free Store founder Benjamin Johnson says: “It is a travesty that people in our neighbourhood go hungry when there is perfectly edible food that is wasted. So long as the marginalised and vulnerable are problems to solve instead of friends to know, our community will remain divided.

“The Free Store ensures that our inner-city dwelling friends have access to quality food where cost isn’t a barrier.

“No questions…

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