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Food Secure Communities

Kia ora and welcome to the Food Secure Communities web pages. Our programme exists to provide support for community food providers who are distributing food to people and whānau experiencing food insecurity. Here you will find information about our previous funding rounds, resources with information about our programme and food security, as well as guidance for community food providers.

If you are looking for support with food for you or your whānau, then you may want to see if you are eligible for financial assistance.

Check what you might get here

You may also want to access food support from one of the many community food providers across New Zealand. Find the one nearest you by checking the Family Services Directory website

Guidance on safe operations for community food providers

Community organisations providing or delivering food and other essential goods (eg foodbanks, food rescue, community meals) can operate under all traffic light settings, providing they can follow guidance outlined on the Unite against COVID-19 website and the general guidance for social service providers from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

The Ministry of Social Development has developed specific guidance for the safe operation of community food providers under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Find out more about operating safely in the COVID-19 Protection Framework

The following links may also be useful:

Man holds a carton of eggs, ready to add them to boxes of fresh vegetables at Kai Rescue

COVID-19 Protection Framework Welfare Response

In November 2021, the COVID-19 Protection Framework’s (CPF) welfare response came into place. This included funding for key community food providers to provide food support to people self-isolating in the community due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework also includes an 18-month package to continue to strengthen the capability and resilience of community food distribution.

Food Secure Communities programme and funding rounds

The Ministry has provided community funding through four rounds of grants. These four rounds are now closed, and funding has been distributed.

  • Community Food Transition Fund
  • Community Food Response Fund
  • Food Secure Communities Fund
  • Food Secure Communities Implementation Fund

National partner organisations funding

The Ministry of Social Development is funding three national partner organisations to build sector capability and increase the supply of surplus food for providers.

The three organisations are:

  • New Zealand Food Network
  • Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Collective
  • Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance.

Find out more about our national partner organisations

Resources and support for community food providers

Additional information is available about making referrals to:

  • Work and Income
  • Family Services Directory
  • Just Kai? webinars
  • Food Secure Communities Pānui.

Learn more about resources and support for community food providers

Contacting us

If any further help is required or you have any other queries, please contact: