What started as a two-week art project has expanded into a permanent institution as 'The Free Store' opens its doors to the general public. Each year, approximately $625 million worth of food is discarded in New Zealand, and most of that food is still safe for consumption. This non-profit addresses the country's major food waste problem by offering free food to those in need.
The Free Store stocks its shelves with the surplus from bakeries and grocery stores, redistributing food which would have otherwise gone to waste. The store has a "no conditions" policy, meaning "anybody can come for whatever reason and take whatever they want." With this imitative, The Free Store combats two major social issues of poverty and food waste through facilitating a connection between the two.