Foodbank Services Offered

Emergency assistance for a food parcel.

The Food bank service is free although when you are able, we ask that you give back to the Food bank.

The Taupo Community Food bank service offers

  • A listening ear
  • Advocacy
  • Networking
  • Assist with an entitlement to a food parcel
  • Guarantee to confidentiality
  • Network with other agencies only with your permission

The Taupo Community Food bank receives referrals from

  • Self or Family Referrals
  • Salvation Army Corps
  • Work & Income
  • Taupo Budget Advisory Service
  • Social Services
  • Health Services
  • Victim Support

It can help if you can bring the following

  • A referral from an agency
  • Receipt of payments
  • Latest receipt of food purchased
  • Current bank balance
  • Identification
  • A list of items you require
  • You will be interviewed to assess your needs

Weekly/Monthly and Annual Initiatives

  • Approaches by Youth services are encouraged when fund raising for spare produce
  • Past clients and the public are invited to bake goods, make jams - when required food bank offer ingredients
  • Member of the Taupo Civil Defence welfare team
  • Bread/Vegetable and Excess Donations are dropped to the Salvation Army Shops for members of the public to access freely
  • Emergency bins are filled and distributed to four local schools with breakfast and lunch items
  • Volunteers check and replenish bins each school term
  • The Taupo Community Food bank distributes Christmas presents to children who may not otherwise receive any gifts. Christmas baskets are also made up for the elderly who may be on their own or have no family in Taupo at Christmas with special treats for them. In December 2011, Taupo Community Food bank coordinator and volunteers sent out 524 gifts, distributed 128 Christmas hampers and dispensed $2000 meat vouchers to families via requests from Taupo Social Services.

Taupo Harcourt’s Real Estate co-ordinate a Food Bank Appeal promoted by the Taupo MediaWorks team with the Taupo Community Food bank Coordinator at the beginning of December each year throughout the Taupo community. Fire, Police and Ambulance have supported with Staff and noisy vehicles every single year. The non-perishable food collected helps maintain the Food Bank during the year. Emergency Services, Service Groups, businesses and individuals volunteer their time to drive a vehicle, pick up donations at the road side and sort goods into storage.

Location and Contact

The Taupo Community Food bank is located at Waiora House, Room 10, 129 Spa Road. Please phone Megan the Food bank coordinator on 07 377 1507 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help or to offer your support through volunteering or donating.

Donate now

Please donate food by dropping it off at any of these points;

  • Countdown
  • Pak n Save
  • Waiora House
  • Local Churches

Monetary donations are gratefully accepted and receipts can be given for tax purposes.

If you wish to be a regular donor we can arrange an automatic payment. Click here to find out how easy this is to arrange.

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