before exporting NZ food
People are going hungry even though New Zealand produces enough food to feed 40 million - and it's spurring calls for the country to "feed the five million first".
Poverty researcher Dr Rebekah Graham said while working on her thesis on food insecurity, she interviewed a woman who walked for 90 minutes each day to get a free community meal.
"That was her only meal of the day. It was all she was eating."
Others went without to make sure their children had food, or were constantly trying to stretch food to make more meals from it, she said.