CEO Report 2017-8

Using food as a tool to combat hunger and fight poverty, we believe that we can at least advance the issues of systemic social change


These past 12 months have seen an exponential growth for CHFR – one that we certainly did not anticipate! Starting the year rescuing, sorting and redistributing 2.2 tonnes of food to the charities registered with us serving the front-line at risk/needy individuals, whanau and children of our region CHFR ended the financial year processing 24.5 tonnes – resourcing 70,000 meals per month

This brought our annual totals to 145,796 tonnes rescued; 416560 meals resourced, and 113,496 kgs emissions reduced from our landfills making for a healthier environment for all citizens of Canterbury.


This growth was largely attributable to Progressive Enterprises requesting us to pick up from their local Countdown outlets which we managed to do over a four-month period. This coupled with our steady ‘normal’ growth forced CHFR into a relocation to our current premises at 29 Kilmarnock Street, Riccarton.

We have been fortunate to have a good level of support from our funders and our sponsors resulting in a favourable end-of-year balance sheet. Funding always remains a priority and with having to increase our paid staffing levels, the increase in running expenses especially our two vehicles, sustainability is always – and always will be an issue.

In an attempt to address this, we were proactive in facilitating a Dynamic Focus Session during February. This was attended by the CHFR Board, Accountant, Executives from both our major Food Donor Partners as well as Christchurch City Councilors. Although the session obviously was not in a position to resolve any major future sustainability issues, these were aired, confronted and discussed honestly and openly from all sides. It is planned to repeat the exercise later in the next financial year.


Later last year CHFR was acknowledged by the Christchurch City Council and awarded the 2017 Civic Award for Emerging Leaders – for service to the City and the people of Christchurch  …  … an accolade we humbly accepted!


A special thanks to all involved in CHFR especially our Trustee Board, our small but dedicated staff and of course, our passionate team of volunteers without whom, none of what we have been able to achieve would have been possible.


In everything we do, we continue to push for the highest possible levels of respect for the individual, innovation, transparency and accountability.


In celebrating what we have achieved, we fully realise that we are just scratching the surface and have a long way to go!


  John Milligan


John Milligan


For invaluable support during the past financial year

City Harvest Food Rescue acknowledges support from

Our Funders:

Rata Foundation

Christchurch City Strengthening Communities Fund

NZ Lotteries Community Canterbury/Kaikoura

DIA Community Organisation Grants Scheme Christchurch City/Banks Peninsula

Pub Charity Limited

Progressive Enterprises Ltd

Hattrick Services/Z Stations

… and our many individual and anonymous donors



Our Sponsors:                                     Our Food Donor Partners:

Resene                                                                 Foodstuffs     

NW South City                                                     Progressive Enterprises

Tork                                                             ...   and our many other food donors Matting Systems   

Downes Electrical

KiwiBox … and our other sponsors

Full financials can be found on the Charities Services website