Food insecurity is Aotearoa’s gaping wound, and we’re running out of band-aids

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OPINION: The last few weeks have brought uncertainty across Aotearoa.

A huge surge in demand for food parcels is leaving already-stretched organisations, charitable entities and community groups facing a momentous task.

We have asked for more assistance and more food security, vouchers to help fill the cupboards while we aren’t working. Some of those who would not normally ask for help have come to know what many who are below the poverty line face daily – lack and uncertainty.

Meanwhile, the huge queues at the supermarkets we rely on before the Covid-19 lockdowns made it very clear that we need to improve our food security at home.

As a nation that is revered around the globe as a food basket, with the ability to feed 40 million people per year, it seems wrong that we are having issues distributing and making healthy kai accessible to all.


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