The Kai Collective – Our COVID-19 Response

This consisted of the creation of a collective of community groups which came together to support our whānau most in need of food support. The collective responded by creating a network of food rescue, purchasing and distributing through many different local leaders in East and South Auckland. This was started in the first lockdown, in March 2020 right through to currently. Financial support has been given to the collective through Foundation North, Civil Defence (through Auckland Council), and the Ministry of Social Development. The majority of our food support has been received by KiwiHarvest and later on by The New Zealand Food Network.

This has included:

  • Receiving approximately 2 x tons of food each week
  • Supporting over 200 x whānau a week
  • Working alongside over 10 x community leaders in our collective

Creation of innovative responses like regular van/ truck hirage, pop up social supermarkets, store houses, and hubs.

The Kai Collective is still in operation and changes as the need and our experience grows.

See the most recent updates on our website – – and our facebook page –

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