The number of New Zealanders experiencing poverty-related hunger has increased steadily in recent years. It is a complex issue that has much to do with structural challenges that have evolved in this country. The root causes are complex – including low wages, the cost of housing and lengthy food supply chains.
In late 2019, the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services joined with the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch city missions, the Salvation Army, and Vision West Community Trust to form Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Collective to begin the journey of addressing those challenges and issues.
The aim of the collective is to eliminate food insecurity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Currently, Kore Hiakai is connected to over 300 foodbanks and community food organisations across the country and is an adviser to the Ministry of Social Development on food security for the community food distribution sector.
What is Food insecurity? Read this Kore Hiakai resource here.
Find out more about the work of Kore Hiakai.