Palmerston North foodbank was established in 1983, and was the first major foodbank in the city. We are able to operate only due to the generosity of Palmerston North citizens who donate food to us throughout the year. We work closely with the Salvation Army to co-ordinate warehousing and share resources and information to provide the best possible services we can to clients. In the year from the 1st of July 2015 to the 30th of June 2016, 3602 people were supported by our foodbank. In April 2017 this number had increased by 20%, with a noticeable increase in the number of people in part-time employment needing support.
The service is available to families and individuals who are residents of Palmerston North who are in crisis and require emergency food assistance. All people are able to access the service two times a year; if more parcels are requested Social Work or Budgeting support is necessary. Adults may claim for themselves and their partner and any children under 18 in their care; other adults in a household (including children who have left school or are 18 or older) must make their own application.
The MSS foodbank is open Tuesday and Friday between 12.30pm and 2.30. Coming to foodbank? We are phasing out plastic bags – please bring along your own bags or boxes if possible. (We do have bags available to use if you can’t bring any – so don’t let a lack of bags stop you coming to us if you need food.)
ID is required for every visit to the foodbank, we accept Community Services Card, Drivers Licence, Birth Certificate, Passport, University ID, work ID, 18+ card, and most other forms of ID.
The service is overseen by a qualified social worker, who as well as helping with emergency food needs, can give support and advice, and may be able to advocate/liase with other agencies with and for clients.
Please note : Foodbank is an emergency service, we are unable to provide a full week’s groceries.
We work in conjunction with the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul Foodbanks, and Just Zilch.
We are always grateful for donations of food, the following items are particularly appreciated:
Tinned fish / meat, tinned fruit and vegetables, eggs, bacon, meat, cheese, rice and pasta, wheetbix, cornflakes, ricebubbles, porridge, muesli, and baked beans. We also appreciate donations of empty egg cartons as we have a generous supporter who gives us trays of eggs.