Where to access food for free or to 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
421 Church Street
Ph 358 7455 for an appointment
Food Bank hours: 10-11.30am Mon/Weds/Fri - by appointment
Salvation Army Woodville
69 McLean Street
Ph 376 5688
Manchester House 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.
Ph 323 7191
68 Aorangi Street, Feilding
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 Pataka Kai 4412
140-148 Maxwell's Line, Awapuni. Open Monday's and Friday's 2-4pm. Please bring your own bags and park on the road as the parking within the gates is needed for the health centre.
Te Pataka Kai 4412 is a safe and friendly space for whanau to come and get kai with no questions asked or no citeria to meet.
Best Care (Whakapai Hauora) Charitable Trust is working with other Manawatu partners to provide kai within our 4412 community.
For updates follow Pataka Kai 4412
Te Awahou Kai - Foxton
Whyte Street, Foxton. Mondays 4.30-5.30pm
Ph 027 221 3561
Hope Kete, Levin's Free Food Store
3 Kent Street, Levin. Weekdays 4-5pm.
Ph 06-367 3171
Shannon Kai Hub. Shannon
36 Plimmer Tce, Shannon.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 3pm.
A community led centre distributing free food to the community and groups, supported with the aid of onsite shops.
National Food Sharing Directories
Zero Hunger national directory
'Find a Food Bank' directory
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.*
Pataka Kai around New Zealand
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.