Grants available to help reduce food waste

Grants available to help reduce food waste

Love Food Hate Waste

Published: Wednesday 2 February 2022

Auckland Council is giving away $50,000 to help Aucklanders reduce their food waste.

Grants from $500 to $5000 are available throughout February to initiatives that help raise awareness of food waste and demonstrate practical solutions to overcome household food waste in Auckland.

This is the sixth grant round for the Love Food Hate Waste project since its start in 2016. Applications are available online from 1 – 28 February 2022.

Previous grants have been awarded to community fridges and pantries, cooking demonstrations, and activations at schools. Film screenings, community get-togethers, and online competitions have also been popular.

Potential applicants should visit to get a more complete understanding of food waste and how their project can make a difference. Successful applicants will be notified in April to begin their projects.

Small change, big impact

According to Love Food Hate Waste, New Zealand homes throw away around 157,398 tonnes of food per year. This is enough food to feed the whole of Dunedin for just under three years! Wasting this food costs the average household $644 a year, or $1.17 billion.

Reducing the amount of food we waste at home is a meaningful way we can contribute as individuals to the fight against climate change. Love your food to reduce your waste, save money and protect Papatūānuku.

Learn more and apply now for a grant.