Towards zero hunger

One in five New Zealanders experience food insecurity - they can't afford enough food and worry about where the next meal is coming from.

We believe Aotearoa has enough food for everyone to be well fed and that nobody should experience food insecurity.

Yet, we meet people experiencing food insecurity every day. Food security is about having access to enough good food. For many whānau, there simply is not enough food, or enough resources to access food on a weekly basis.

If this is you, please don’t go hungry, or feel ashamed. We can help.

More than 40 years ago, we established one of the country’s first foodbanks.  And we’ve been supporting people when they need it most ever since. Every year we  help feed hundreds of thousands of people with food parcels, along with our network of food partners.

We also help people in communities outside Auckland. To do this we split bulk food donations and distribute the food to community foodbanks between Thames and Kaitaia.

People need access to food parcels for all sorts of reasons – and each time we respond.   You can read how Covid-19 lockdowns impacted Melina’s family here.

We have long believed that while our support providing nutritious food for people experiencing food insecurity is crucial, there is more we can do. There is more we must do.

We are part of the Kore Hiakai collective, with a goal that there’s zero hunger in Aotearoa.   Together, we work with other agencies towards meeting that goal.


Our key food services

Food parcels

Our food parcels are designed to feed an individual or a family for four days.

Food parcels are made up of simple items that can be used to make filling meals, including fresh fruit and veggies, milk, eggs, and meat. Plus we often pop in some essential toiletry items, too, and treats when we can.

Find out more about how people can access a food parcel and what’s in a parcel.

In 2023, we provided 50,647* food parcels to Auckland-based people in great need. And we gave even more food to community foodbanks from Kaitaia to Thames.

Donations of food, both large and small, are always gratefully received. Please read our section on food donations.

Here is a full list of items we need for our food parcels.

*these figures have not yet been audited


Auckland City Mission is part of the Foodlink collective and distributes food throughout the year to community foodbanks so that people can get food in their local area.

Foodlink relies entirely on donations and involves sorting and packing thousands of food parcels. About $1.7m of donated food is sent out each year.

As part of Foodlink we regularly provide food to around 50 food banks and community groups from across the region. These parcels are always gratefully received by the families who need them.

To donate food for food parcels or Foodlink please read our section on food donations.

Haeata Community Centre

Daily, nutritious meals, seven days a week. That’s our promise at the Haeata Community Centre, where all meals are freshly prepared onsite by a chef.

For people experiencing homelessness or who can’t access cooking facilities easily, Haeata offers a safe and welcoming space for kai and connection.

Haeata is a space that’s grown to become a hub of activities and connection for street whānau. Guests can take part in the many life-enriching classes on offer from drama,  poetry, art, pottery, and community work, along with weekly waiata.

Some people come to Haeata regularly, while others dip in and out – all are warmly welcomed to connect with each other and our team.

Your support last year helped us provide


food parcels


Food Link agencies with bulk food supplies

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