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Food Secure Communities Programme

Supporting communities to become food secure

MSD has invested $47 million over 3 years to create the Food Secure Communities programme to provide support for community food providers who are distributing food to people and whānau experiencing food insecurity.

Demand for food increased significantly for community food providers since COVID-19 restrictions were implemented. This investment in foodbanks, food rescue, and other community food providers ensures they can meet the increased demand over this period.

It strengthens the capability and resilience of providers through support for three national sector partner organisations, New Zealand Food Network, Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Collective, and the Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance. It also creates a community food distribution network, so that community food providers have increased access to good quality, healthy, surplus food while reducing pressure on food supply chains and the environment.

The funding takes the form of different grants and schemes. The funding also supports communities to work collaboratively on plans and initiatives which support their communities to become food secure. It increases access to healthy, affordable kai in low-income communities, and strengthens local food systems that feed and nourish whānau.

Read about Food Secure Communities funding

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