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Food Secure Communities previous funding rounds

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, MSD has supported access to food through the Food Secure Communities programme.

The programme also supported communities to develop food security plans and pilot projects that increase vulnerable communities’ access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate kai. These projects are now being scaled up and are making a real difference, allowing communities to take the lead in becoming more resilient.

These funding rounds are now closed, and funding has been distributed.

Learn more about our current food secure communities funding rounds.

Puta Ora Food Security Fund

Funding for community organisations for initiatives that increase access to healthy and affordable food in low-income communities and/or that enable Māori to exercise food sovereignty and be sustainable in the long term. This has now closed with 75 successful applicants.

Food Secure Communities Implementation Fund

Funding for communities to implement or scale up sustainable initiatives that increase access to affordable and healthy kai within low-income communities and/or enable Māori to exercise tino rangatiratanga over food systems that feed and nourish whānau. This has now closed, with 90 successful providers.

Food Secure Communities Grants

Funding to develop and implement a plan for building food security within communities. This has now closed, with 49 successful providers.

Community Food Response Funding

Contributory funding to support increased demand experienced by community food providers over a two-year period due to the impacts of COVID-19. This has now closed, with 131 successful providers.

Community Food Transition Grants

Transitional funding to support increased demand for emergency food during the transition between Civil Defence Emergency Management groups standing down and MSD implementing the two-year Community Food Response Funding. This has now closed, with 135 successful providers.

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