Caring for our community


For access to food and essential items

First talk to your family, whānau, friends, iwi and neighbours to see if they could deliver essential items to you. Try food delivery such as supermarket home delivery, food parcels, frozen pre-prepared meals, subscription food boxes (like My Food Bag and Hello Fresh) or any other whole-food delivery service.

If you need food urgently, your local foodbank may be able to help. Find them at If you can’t access any other support, contact your local Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) Group [Source Unite Against Covid-19]

Community agencies

Upper Hutt Foodbank 

64 Martin Street, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM until 11.45 AM
Please wear a mask and wait outside.

Salvation Army

695 Fergusson Drive. If you need urgent food or welfare assistance, please call, email or Facebook message your local centre. 04 528 6745

Other food providers

If you are a local business and would like to be included on this list, please email  

Financial support

Visit the Work and Income website for urgent financial support and ongoing needs. You can apply for a main benefit online and check your eligibility for food assistance. You can also use the COVID-19 financial support tool on the Unite Against COVID-19 website to see what support is available to you. [Source Unite Against Covid-19]

Other support

It’s OK to ask for help. As we work through this together, there are people and agencies able to support you. Here’s a range of advice, help, or support if you need it. If you don’t speak English, you can ask for an interpreter when calling most government departments.

NZ Services and support contact details(PDF, 163KB)