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.


Community Meals


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!


Just Zilch

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

Contact coordinator (Linda) 



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.)

This Pataka Kai was an initiative by a Freyberg High student Sarah Hughes 


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


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

Pataka Kai national directory. 

Just Zilch




Here 2 Help Pantry, Pioneer Highway