Ways to access food for free or share food in our community.
Food Banks & Community Meals
Palmerston North Methodist Social Services
Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 12.30-2.30pm.
Salvation Army Palmerston North Food Bank
92 Cessna Place
Ph 358 7455
Salvation Army Woodville
69 McLean Street
Ph 376 5688
Manchester House Feilding
Ph 323 7191
68 Aorangi Street, Feilding
Manchester House operates a food bank every week day to assist people who are in crisis meet their emergency food needs. Bread and fresh fruit and vegetables are also readily available on the sharing table which is situated inside the main entrance of the Social Services Hub. Clients who need a food parcel are also required to meet with a budgeting advisor who can discuss their long term needs and help them become more financially resilient.
Legacy Just Hope Monday Meal
Free hot meals on Monday nights. Doors open 5.30, meal served at 6pm
Legacy Centre, cnr. Highbury and Brentwood Avenue
Ph 027 270 5715
Eat Up NZ - a Palmerston North-based social enterprise engaging corporate volunteers to make free lunches for primary school children
Free Stores / Food Rescue
Free Stores differ from Food Banks in that they operate on a ‘no need to prove need’ or ‘no criteria’ basis. They also serve the environmental purpose of food rescue - keeping edible food out of landfill!
248 Featherston Street, Palmerston North. Open weekdays 1.30pm-6pm. Bring your own bags
Te Awahou Kai - Foxton
Whyte Street, Foxton. Mondays 4.30-5.30pm
Ph 027 221 3561
National Food Rescue / Free Store directory
Pataka Kai / food sharing sites
Palmerston North Pataka Kai
53 Waldegrave Street, outside Te Hā i Hine-ahu-one Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective
45 Ronberg Street, Highbury (outside a residential property.)
Fitzroy Street, Terrace End. (Outside Memorial Park.)
590 Pioneer Highway, Here 2 Help Pantry
Library Sharing Shelves
Awapuni and Te Patikitiki (Highbury) branches of the Palmerston North City Library have sharing shelves inside the libraries.
RECAP Sharing Shelf, behind Ashhurst Library, 64 Bamfield St, Ashhurst. (Fresh produce and seedlings only.)
*Please let us know of any not listed here so we can keep the directory up to date.*
Crop Swaps are free events where gardeners and growers can share crops, seeds, seedlings and other garden-related things. Read about Palmy Crop Swap here.
Pataka Kai around New Zealand