Nick Loosley

New Zealand Local Hero of the Year

2020

Kiwibank

New Zealand Local Hero of the Year

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Kiwibank

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Nick Loosley established Everybody Eats in 2017, the organisation has saved more than 100 tonnes of good food from going into landfills and provided more than 100,000 restaurant-quality meals to people, most of whom could not afford to pay. Everybody Eats is a registered charity but aims to cover most costs through the pay-as-you-feel model.

Nick has also been able to involve a diverse volunteer base to support the restaurants. These volunteers include chefs and those with restaurant experience through to home cooks and those who are just excited by and want to support his vision.

The point of difference at Everybody Eats is that this is not a regular soup kitchen. While its main reason for being is to feed those who are struggling financially, the restaurant is open to anyone. The volunteer-run restaurant promotes connection by using communal tables and breaks down social barriers with people from all walks of life, and different cultures all enjoying a meal together.

More recently, Nick is a co-founder of WithWild, a closed-loop conservation start-up that aims to change the way we think about introduced species and conservation in Aotearoa. They currently work in partnership with the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation to recover a unique and delicious type of deer/elk called Wapiti found in Fiordland. They collaborate with businesses like BurgerFuel to make this world class protein available to everyday kiwis.

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