Food Security

Do you need kai? We run a number of initiatives to get food to those who need it. Because a full puku is a happy puku.

Food Security | 155 Food Rescue & Food Bank | Whangarei, Northland | Drop in Clinic

Through 155 Food Rescue, we redistribute surplus kai and keep pātaka kai pantries stocked for our community. 

155 Open Arms serves breakfast and lunch six days a week, and 155 Food Bank provides food parcels, and school snack packs throughout the school term.

155 Food Bank

To receive a parcel you can

Drop in Mondays and Wednesdays
9.30am - 12.30pm
155 Open Arms
102 Robert St, Whangārei

Book an appointment 
Call 022 430 7614 and leave a voicemail or email to book a time to receive a parcel throughout the week (Monday to Friday 9am-3pm). 

Food parcels for whānau 

We are able to offer this service with support from the Ministry of Social Development, Civil Defence, 155 Food Rescue, and kai donations from our community.

Whānau can receive two parcels per month.

You will need to bring with you:

  • Photo ID
  • Bank balance
  • Work & Income letter (for your second visit within a month)

- or - 

  • Other agencies can make a referral on your behalf.

Reception will then book you an appointment time to see a kaimahi for a korero and to shop for your groceries through our catalogue system.

You will receive a pamphlet where you can pick your own kai through a points system which are used like dollars.

Kaimahi will add up your points and send the pamphlet off for packing. This will take around 5 – 10 minutes.

155 Food Rescue Northland | Whakaora Kai Taitokerau

Call 155 Food Rescue: 022 475 3473

Our 155 Food Rescue operation redistributes a wide range of healthy and nutritious food, making it available for food banks, churches, marae, schools, and any non-profit group or volunteer organisation in need of food.

By reducing food waste ending up in landfill, we are also helping protect our local environment.

155 Food Rescue operation

If you are:

A community organisation with members in need of kai 
A food producer with surplus stock to donate

Please contact us via the channels outlined above. 

School Snack Packs

Available Mondays during term 
8.30am - 9am
102 Robert St and 155 Kamo Road

We know sometimes whānau can be short of kai at the beginning of the week. We hope this will awhi for those moments and mean our tamariki can start their week at kura with full puku.

Every Monday during term, we have pre-packed snack bags and a piece of fruit available for tamariki to bring to kura. All you need to add is the sandwich.

How to order:

Come along on Monday morning during term between 8.30am and 9am. We will post on the page if the packs are all allocated.

Pātaka Kai

Our 155 Food Rescue team keeps two pantries stocked with kai to help keep pukus full. They are located outside the whare at 155 Kamo Road, and at the 155 Open Arms reception at 102 Robert St

For a list of other pātaka kai in Taitokerau Northland, click on the button:

Other Community Providers of Kai

Salvation Army
Provides food parcels Tuesday to Friday. 
Contact or call them on  (09) 438 8335.

Soul Food
Provides free dinners for whānau 
Mondays at 7.30pm 
Whangarei Anglican, 2 Kamo Road, Regent, Whangārei
Has information on other Food Banks in Northland

Soul Food
Soul Food