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Food Secure Communities Programme

Supporting communities to become food secure

In June 2020, MSD invested $32 million over two 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 has significantly increased 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.

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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, and 135 providers have received funding.

Community Food Response Funding

Funding to contribute towards your costs for up to two years, while participating in building a Food Secure Community. This has now closed, with 131 successful providers.

Food Secure Communities Grants

Funding to develop and implement a plan for a Food Secure Community. This has now closed with 49 providers successful in their applications.

Food Secure Communities Implementation Fund

Funding for communities to implement or scale up sustainable initiatives which will 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. In doing so, this helps reduce the dependency on foodbanks and food hardship grants.

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