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The Challenges and the Opportunities facing Foodbank Aotearoa New Zealand and Foodbank Canterbury during and moving forward under COVID-19


Foodbank Canterbury is the food bank that serves Canterbury and beyond. FBC is part of an amazing international network of food banks under The Global Foodbanking Network. Here in Canterbury, we work in partnership and collaboration with more than 130 community-based agencies: food pantries, women’s refuges, Maraes, Plunkett, after-school programs, Iwi and Pasifika social organisations, Community housing complexes, soup kitchens, school systems etc that work with our communities throughout our region. We operate a Foodbank Hub in Timaru and supply food resources to rural Canterbury and the West Coast through the FBC Food for Hope program.

Before the pandemic we were redistributing food to resource around 140,000 meals per month.



Then came 2020.

In 2020, we experienced a disruption like never before. Every region, all our agencies and people were impacted. We looked around and saw the amount of pain and distress that was tragically so rapidly spreading across our regions. And yet in most cases, we witnessed an inspiring level of resilience and ‘let’s get through this together!’. It was a sense of Kia tu̅pore – let’s be kind.


During the height of the crisis in March, the vast majority of the local food pantries, soup kitchens, faith-based organizations, and other community groups that FBC had worked with to distribute food to the community closed temporarily. At FBC It forced us to replace our business-as-usual with a somewhat new approach grounded in innovation and possibility whilst remaining true to our Kaupapa … … we dared to believe!


As time went on, we recognized the opportunity to accelerate what we did. This meant assessing whether existing partners could expand what they offere