Across the motu, Salvation Army foodbanks are expanding their food response to offer new food-based wrap-arounds alongside traditional food parcels. These new food supports are strengths-based and help build knowledge, skills, access and connection, empowering whānau to move from dependence to a place of greater resilience, sovereignty and security.
We’ve defined seven areas of food security support that Salvation Army Community Ministries can offer. These are
- Choosing kai
- Cooking kai
- Growing kai
- Sharing kai
- Buying kai
- Connecting with kai
- Partnering around kai
Because food insecurity is different in every community, our foodbanks are empowered to adopt the food security initiatives that best meet the unique needs of their community and match their own resources. This flexible approach helps target our resources to best effect and provides a great opportunity for partnering with other community organisations. From Kaitaia to Invercargill you’ll see different expressions of food security at Salvation Army foodbanks. In this video you can see how our Whangarei team is helping strengthen food security for whānau and their community..
You can help our Community Ministries implement or expand food security programmes in their Community by making a donation through their landing page.
Partnering is critical to our ability to achieve a food secure future in Aotearoa where all individuals have access to the quality and quantity of food needed to meet their needs. Salvation Army foodbanks benefit from partnering at all levels – from the support of volunteers from schools, businesses and community organisations that help deliver our food responses, to the food and cash donations from individuals and businesses that keep food on our foodbank shelves and our food security programmes running, our collaboration with iwi, community groups and local government, through to partnerships with national organisations such as AFRA, Kore Hiakai and New Zealand Food Network that help us make a difference to those experiencing food hardship now and work towards a more food secure future for everyone.