but one charity believes there’s a better way
That's Rena*, a single mother of five, who recently joined The Salvation Army's new Kiwi Kai co-op in Clendon, Manurewa.
As a member of this fledgling co-operative scheme, she gets a large box of fruit and vegetables every week for $15 plus discounts on other essentials like eggs and mince - including $2.25 for milk, which is almost a dollar less than in the supermarket.
Members also receive a raised garden box set up at their home, courtesy of the Whenua Warrior community gardening charity, that comes with a range of seedlings, including herbs, spinach, silverbeet and capsicums. In addition, members lead the establishment of free community pantries or pataka kai around their area, which they stock with leftover food from their gardens.