23 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Smaller food banks plead for funding

From Morning Report, 7:45 am on 23 April 2020

The number of food grants made by the Ministry of Social Development has skyrocketed under Alert Level 4, hitting close to 70,000 a week.

At the same time the demand of food banks has increased nine-fold in parts of Auckland.

Yesterday Government has pledged $30 million to go towards welfare and food for those in need, it will go towards food and welfare assistance run by local authorities and Civil Defence, and to local food banks and community organisations.

But those people running food banks are worried the funding isn't going to reach them.

Darryl Evans is the chief executive of the Māngere Budgeting Services Trust.