We are on a mission to FEED hope to young kiwi's, one action at a time.
Food has a direct correlation to one's physical and mental HEALTH, including one's emotional WELL-BEING . Unfortunately those we serve have experienced trauma or neglect and food insecurity.
Food is, and always has been, Feed the need's love language! Through food we can let our most vulnerable New Zealanders know we care.
We exist to feed hope, one action at a time. Each action is driven by our hope for our most vulnerable NZ’ers to gain access to food.
It all started in 2008, after our founder, Kerry Owen, had a dream to feed the need. After much work and finding like minded passionate people to help ‘Feed the need’, we became a registered charity in 2012.
We spent years preparing and delivering hot and healthy lunches to low decile schools.
We provided youth with work placements in our kitchen.
Provided Whanua Pātaka packs and open door Pātaka’s within several schools.
Our focus is now serving youth,transitioning out of foster care, with Pātaka food boxes. We are also providing family meal vouchers to children and their new foster family as they enter foster care.
600 youth transition out of foster care each year. This transition to adulthood is often very intimidating for these young people. Many are without the support systems their peers can access.
Out of the 600 youth who age out each year, 160 are in the Auckland region. Initially the Auckland region is the area we will focus on. We plan to provide these youth with Pātaka food packs as they age out to help with their transition.
We are working directly with Oranga Tamariki’s transition team to ensure this programme will be successfully rolled out.
At any one time there are 6000 children in New Zealand that are in foster care. It’s often a traumatic experience for children entering the foster care system. In an effort to make this transition easier, Feed the need would like to provide restaurant vouchers so this foster family can welcome this new child into their family. Again, we plan to serve the children entering the foster care system in the Auckland region each year.
Kerry Owen founded ‘Feed the need’ with the intention to alleviate hunger. Her work created a nationwide awareness of the food insecurity issue. In 2019 Kerry was awarded a Royal Honour by Queen Elizabeth II for her charitable services.
Kerry is passionate about serving and advocating for vulnerable children and youth. She also directs another charity and sits on other charity boards. Her life is dedicated to this work.
Kerry is a wife and a devoted mother to five children.
Chair / Fundraising / Operations
Derek is a director LearningPlanet, a Microlearning video training company based in Auckland. He has lived in New Zealand with his family since 2002 and has helped organisations work on their customer service delivery and leadership skills. He has won awards for customer service excellence, general education and for LearningPlanet as a soft skills content library. His daughter is former New Zealand super model, Ashleigh Good. He is the author if seven books and has been on the board of Feed the need since 2019.
Vice-Chair / Branding / Communications
Logan has been driving digital innovation for over 20 years with brands such as Google, Disney, Visa, National Geographic and more. Often pioneering world-first, award winning digital experiences. He currently heads up an innovation lab within one of the worlds leading creative agencies. Born in Auckland, with NZ/Pacific island heritage, Logan understands some of the challenges we face here and is actively involved with various NGOs focused on at-risk youth and their mental wellbeing. He has a dream to see technology disrupt education in a positive way, transforming the way we learn.
Board Member / Data research / Secretary
Kia ora koutou katoa, my name is Micah Rapata. I was born and raised in Tāmaki Makarau most my life, but have also spent time living, studying or working in Samoa, England, Wales, and Hawai’i. I currently work as a doctor (pre-vocational) throughout the Auckland region. I whakapapa to Ngātiwai on the upper east coast of Te Tai Tokerau, but currently live in central Auckland with my wife and son. I have a great passion for the kaupapa of Feed the Need and more particularly the way it is supporting some of our most vulnerable populations within Aotearoa.
Board Member / Communications
Taylor was born and raised in Otautahi and completed his studies at the Auckland University of Technology in Management and Physical Activity & Nutrition. Taylor is currently working at Kāinga Ora doing Social Outcomes work in the construction sector. He has had 14 years of experience with local and central government organisations doing stakeholder and community engagement projects. He is passionate about making positive difference is people's life and wants to support areas of work that uplifts the wellbeing of people by providing education, tools and support to build capability for whanau and communities to be empowered to help them reach their goals and aspirations. In his free time he loves spending time with family, sports, church and reading
Board Member / Fundraising / Restaurant Vouchers
Nadene Lomu, wife to the legendary Jonah Lomu carries a wealth of experience not only in New Zealand but internationally too where she has worked with some of the world's biggest brands such as Heinekin, MasterCard, Monaco Peace and Sport, Roche, Adidas, Honk Kong rugby, French Federation rugby, Sanatarium and many more. Negotiating contracts, public relations, marketing and execution of internationally staged events she is honoured to share her skillset and experience as a board member.
Nadene has also created multiple companies with international reach and is currently continuing to carry on building the Legacy of Jonah but also works within the Real Estate while being mum to her Jonah Jrs, Brayley and Dhyreille so she offers quite the mix.
Board Member / Treasurer
Hi I’m Elaine Campbell and live in Auckland. I love to learn and serve others and feel that life is one big learning curve, my greatest teachers being my 3 children. Over the past 7 years I have cared for my father full-time which has taught me an important lesson in providing mental, emotional and physical support for those unable to care for themselves. While at home I have had the opportunity to study accounting at university, and more recently create a new business approach to in-office cafes. Previously I have run my own businesses contracting in office/accounts and café management. I had the opportunity to be at ground level with Kerry in our small kitchen when Feed the Need was founded and saw first-hand the blessing this brought to the lives of many young children. From a young age I was taught “Charity Never Faileth” and have tried to live with this as my mantra.
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