Auckland City Mission works collaboratively with a number of researchers delving into issues affecting the homeless and people living in poverty. Their 2020 research about food security (having access to enough good food) titled “Listening to the hopes and dreams of our people” highlighted the following experiences and aspirations of almost 650 people.
REALITIES: The Mission found that 77% of respondents said food insecurity was due to the cost of living exceeding income. That tells us that for a lot of people, there’s just not enough money for food.
GOALS AND DREAMS: The Mission found a diversity of aspirations of people experiencing food insecurity. A desire for more suitable employment was the most recurring theme in the data.
SIGNIFICANT FINDING: Personal and whanau wellbeing is a priority for people experiencing food insecurity. 20% of responses detailed basic needs (food, housing, adequate health care) as an aspiration.
The Mission believe food insecurity is an unacceptable and avoidable obstacle to people in our communities achieving their aspirations. They believe having access to basic needs for survival should be a reality for everyone.
The Auckland City Mission served 13,034 sit down meals between 1 August and 10 October 2022. This is the number of people directly impacted by Sutherland Trust’s contribution.