Thursday, June 20, 2024

$6m to feed community food banks

The Government has announced $6 million in funding for community food providers across New Zealand, with priority to be given to those working in high demand regions such as Auckland, Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay. 

“We know that times are tough right now which is why Government is providing further support to help feed people who are struggling to afford the basics like food,” said Minister for Social Development and Employment, Carmel Sepuloni.

“This will ease some of the pressures on families, and organisations who are working with households and in our communities.

“Demand for food support, particularly in communities impacted by the extreme weather events, remains higher than it was prior to COVID-19. This boost in funding aims to help community food providers continue their mahi during this period of high demand,” she said.

The Minister said the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) had an existing relationship with most community food providers and would be providing an update on the funding allocation over the next few weeks.

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