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Auckland City Mission Food Parcel Demand (2020)

Food bank data, while not a precise measure of food insecurity, serves as a barometer of income inadequacy, and poverty more broadly. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated an existing trend of increasing demand, year-on-year, for emergency food assistance.

The following graph shows the number of food parcels distributed by the Auckland City Mission each year ending June from 2008-09 to 2019-20. Between 2008-09 and 2019-20, food parcel demand increased almost 6.5 fold, from 5,329 to 34,120.

Note that the 2019-20 annual figure includes only 4 months of the Covid-19 period (March to June). The following month-by-month breakdown provides a clearer demonstration of the significant increase in demand following the Covid-19 outbreak:

*N.B. December 2020 data is only an estimate and was not yet finalised at the time of publishing.