Creating a sustainable food suply for the community

Welcome to The Free Store!

    • Waiting for the goods.
    • Waiting for the goods.
    • Pete - A regular!
    • Pete - A regular!
    • An average day's selection of food.
    • An average day's selection of food.
    • Papa Smurf - A familiar face.
    • Papa Smurf - A familiar face.
    • A group of great volunteers!
    • A group of great volunteers!
    • Birthday party for our customer and friend, Bev.
    • Birthday party for our customer and friend, Bev.
    • Apples!
    • Apples!
    • Patrick: our most committed volunteer.
    • Patrick: our most committed volunteer.
    • Volunteers loading the shelves.
    • Volunteers loading the shelves.
    • Volunteers, including friends from Emerge Supported Employment Trust.
    • Volunteers, including friends from Emerge Supported Employment Trust.
    • Vincent: Our customer turned Coffee Manager.
    • Vincent: Our customer turned Coffee Manager.
    • The Free Store on site.
    • The Free Store on site.
    • Three of our wonderful volunteers.
    • Three of our wonderful volunteers.
    • Volunteers heading out to collect food.
    • Volunteers heading out to collect food.
    • Serving hot coffee in mid-winter.
    • Serving hot coffee in mid-winter.

The Free Store is a non-profit organisation that daily redistributes perfectly edible surplus food to those that determine themselves in need of it, right here in the heart of Wellington City. Monday to Friday our committed team of volunteers pick up surplus food from cafés, bakeries and restaurants that wasn't sold that day and would otherwise be thrown out. This food is then given out freely from our shop front.

The Free Store fills a gap in the community where surplus goods aren't currently being used productively through other channels. We seek to work constructively alongside other organisations who are supporting our community.

Opening Hours:

211 Willis Street
Monday - Friday: 6-7pm*
Freshly roasted coffee served from 5.30pm

*we close on Public Holidays

What's happening...

The Free Store is open Mon-Fri at 211 Willis Street from 6-7pm.

The Free Store is always looking for volunteers to help us collect and distribute food from our 55 suppliers in the CBD. Click here to sign up! http://eepurl.com/B2o0b

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