Everyday Essentials

Our mahi provides equitable solutions and access to resources for whānau to care, feed and clothe their children, keep their homes warm and be supported in times of hardship.

Almost 143,700 children are living in poverty in New Zealand and this number is expected to climb. Our Everyday Essentials programme works to support children and their families living in poverty with day-to-day essentials during times of hardship.

We receive referrals from over 162 Community Partners for families experiencing poverty, homelessness, illness, disability or family violence. Our Community Partners include the New Zealand Police, Te Whatu Ora (hospitals and health services) Oranga Tamariki, Corrections, NGOs, iwi organisations, social services, schools and early learning centres.

Our Community Hub operates a busy foodbank and distributes toiletries, new clothing, pyjamas, blankets, heaters, baby items (nappies, cots, carseats, bassinets), books and toys to support families in need referred to this service.

We also ensure multiple New Zealand Police and Victim Support resource rooms, community hubs and schools are stocked with essentials to keep onhand, so there is always immediate support available for families in crisis.

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"KC is so generous. It's honestly the best community organisation I've come across for helping our whānau with practical needs. Not only does it help them with the essentials to keep fed and warm, they give tamariki joy and the possibility of enjoying items they would not be able to afford".
Te Whatu Ora Community Nurse
“KC operates without judgement and just always asks “how can we help?”. I have worked with so many agencies, but KC stands out amongst all. What makes you unique is the quality of service, love and compassion that comes out of you guys. You always help families back on their feet".
ProCare Social Worker
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