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



Luck Venue

Luck Venue offer a free breakfast Monday to Friday from 9am can provide Kai packs for whanau in need. Their services are open over the holiday period.

Ph 06 357-6798

90 Berrymans Lane, Palmerston North


LUCK Venue | Facebook


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 Pataka Kai 4412

140-148 Maxwell's Line, Awapuni. Open Monday and Friday 1-2 pm. 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

Coordinator Kylie Johanson


Te Whare Koha

This is a koha shop with  free food and secondhand items.

42 Pembroke St. Monday-Friday 9.30am-12pm.



Te Awahou Kai - Foxton

Whyte Street, Foxton. Mondays 4.30-5.30pm 

Ph 027 221 3561

Contact coordinator (Linda) 



Hope Hub, Levin's Free Food Store

3 Kent Street, Levin. Wednesday 2-4pm, with occassional 'pop ups' advertised via the Facebook page.

Ph 022 363 4409

Contact via email




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.

(5) Shannon Kai Hub | Facebook


National Food Sharing Directories


Zero Hunger national directory

A map showing food sharing sites around the country


'Find a Food Bank' directory

Where are the food banks around New Zealand?


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. 


Ashhurst. The 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

Pataka Kai national directory. 


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. 


Just Zilch




Here 2 Help Pantry, Pioneer Highway