Our Team

We're a Kiwi team dedicated to providing healthy meals to children in need throughout New Zealand. We work closely with local schools and organizations to identify and support kids experiencing food insecurity. With your help, we can make a real difference in the lives of children across Aotearoa. Join us in building a brighter future for our tamariki!

Kerry Owen

Kerry Owen founded 'Feed the Need' to alleviate hunger and was awarded a Royal Honour for her charitable services. She's passionate about serving vulnerable children and youth and is a devoted mother of five.

Derek Good

Derek, director of LearningPlanet, brings his expertise in improving customer service and leadership skills to Feed the Need since 2019. He has won awards for his work in education and soft skills content and is also an author.

Data Researcher
Micah Rapata

Borned and raised in Tāmaki Makarau, Micah Rapata is a pre-vocational doctor based in Auckland. His expertise in healthcare provides valuable insight into the needs of vulnerable and Kiwis throughout the country.

Social Media Manager
Sarah Pemberton

With a Bachelor of Science specialising in Human Nutrition, Sarah's passion for the well-being of children in the community drives her to ensure they have access to good food, crucial for their growth and development to reach their full potential.

Brand Specialist
Chanelle Butters

With a background in design and marketing, Chanelle finds joy in creating meaningful content and contributing her skills to help those in need. She is passionate about solving complex problems and making a positive impact in the community.

Operations Manager
Jennifer Larsen

Jennifer is a cheerful hospitality professional fluent in French, English, and a sprinkle of Italian. Her past involvement with Feed the Need fuels her enthusiasm to connect with, serve and support those facing challenges with empathy and compassion.

Dylan Larsen

Dylan, with a background in aviation, customer service, and small business, merges professional skill with a love for outdoor pursuits. Global travels, especially to underprivileged areas in the Asia-Pacific, fueled a commitment to community service, driven by a genuine desire to see children thrive.

Board Member
Donna Greening

Donna Greening is a mother of 6 with 8 years experience in the mental health sector. Donna firmly believes that supporting our Tamariki will ensure their physical and mental well-being. "Ehara taaku toa, i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini" Rising up again is not achieved alone but rather through the strength of many.