Funding cuts cut potential.

A government decision to reduce funding to community providers has resulted in the Auckland City Mission – Te Tāpui Atawhai having to significantly reduce the number of food parcels distributed to families who need them.

Currently, 1 in 5 New Zealanders do not have enough food to meet their health and wellbeing needs.  The cost of not providing the food needed will, at the simplest level, increase pressure across our health and criminal justice systems, and result in lost productivity. Providing food support allows people to engage in education, employment, and positive social connections.

Understanding Food Insecurity in Aotearoa

Food insecurity is about more than hunger. Hunger is a physiological experience caused by a lack of food – a person can feel hungry if they are running late and skip breakfast. Food insecurity, which is also called food poverty, is not having enough appropriate food. Food insecurity is driven by systems, but experienced by individual people.

Today we ask you, Aotearoa to see the reality of food insecurity in our midst. To see the depth of suffering in our country, and the indignity and harm that comes from not having enough to eat. Below we have linked relevant resources, including recent media, reports and literature.

Realising Food Secure Communities in Aotearoa
"A review of locally-led reports, plans and strategies about local aspirations to realise communities that are food secure in Aotearoa. This review adds to our wider project where we are using a collaborative process to learn from and share with others, as well as learning from Te Ao Māori wisdom and international literature"

Kore Hiakai report 2023

Rebalancing our food system report
"In January 2023 the Minister of Health commissioned the PHAC to prepare advice on the food ‘system’: all of the structures and processes between the production of food and eating or drinking it. This independent report takes a public health focus, looking at changes to the food system that could help improve the health and wellbeing of people of New Zealand."

Rebalancing our food system | Ministry of Health NZ

The Spinoff 

"Food insecurity matters because it has been linked to nutritionally inadequate diets, iron deficiency anaemia, multiple chronic conditions, obesity, type 2 diabetes and poor self-rated physical and mental health."

Rising Food Insecurity felt most by Pacific, Māori and disabled children

Ka Mākona - Kore Hiakai
"We examine three household scenarios, formed using publicly available data, to explore whether households on low income have sufficient financial resources to cover basic costs of living. Insufficient resource can lead to experiences of food insecurity, disadvantage and exclusion."

Income adequacy in Aotearoa: 3 x Household Scenarios

Food poverty in teens creating an achievement lag of up to 4 years

"Of the 25 OECD countries who provided data on food poverty, NZ had the second highest rate of students who, in the previous 30 days, had missed a meal at least once a week because there was not enough money to buy food (14.1%). This was well above the OECD average of 8.2%."

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Food Insecurity in 12 year olds
“Having regular healthy meals is important for children’s wellbeing and development, and early adolescence is a time of huge growth. The quality and quantity of food a young person eats also affects their mood and ability to concentrate, with children who are moderate or severely food insecure the most affected."

Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal research

World Food Day Report
"77% of respondents said food insecurity was due to the cost of living exceeding income. That tells us that for a lot of people, there’s just not enough money for food."

Auckland City Mission 2021

Family 100 Project
The Auckland City Mission has listened to the stories of 100 families who are long-term food bank users in order to better understand the factors that trap some families in a repeating cycle of poverty.

A deeper understanding of the experiences of families living in urban poverty in Auckland

Food Insecurity Report
The survey of over 650 people aimed to understand the severity of food insecurity among people coming into the Mission’s foodbank, how this affected their wellbeing, and what that meant for them in their day-to-day life.

Auckland City Mission 2020

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We're looking for long term change so it's likely we'll need some help. Can we email you with info and ways you can support us in moving toward a food secure Aotearoa?

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