Make the change

One in eight people in the world today go to bed hungry every single night. That’s 870 million of us. And that’s not right.

While politicians and companies have a key role to play, we also have the power to help make the food system fairer for everyone. And we can start doing this with some simple principles for feeding our families, friends and loved ones.

If you and your community put these principals into practice, and share them with everyone you know, we could help millions of people that still don’t have enough food on their plates.

These principals are called the Grow Method. It’s a better way of thinking about food – the way we buy, prepare and eat it. And the best part? You’re probably already doing lots of it.

Join local groups and share ideas with like-minded people

Below are some active groups in New Zealand that you can get involved with. We know there are others, so contact us at webadmin@oxfam.org.nz with suggestions to add to the list.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Mead

Choose sustainable food

Sustainable food not only has a smaller carbon footprint but it also encourages green, open spaces in your area and supports your local economy. And it is better for you!

Eating seasonally means you are getting the nutrients as and when nature intended. The food is fresher and the nutrients are better preserved. Surely a more natural way to be eating?

  • Kiwi farmers' markets
    Producers across New Zealand are increasingly cutting out the middle-man and selling fresh local food directly to you.
  • New Zealand fruit and food share map
    Free feijoa? Gratis grapefruit? Add your foodie freebies onto the map and source free-of-charge goodies growing around NZ.
  • Edible flowers and weedy salads
    Not just for looking at, flowers and wild plants can make great additions to salads, snacks and meals.
  • All Good Bananas
    Our friends at All Good Organics offer delicious Fairtrade certified bananas from Ecuador and organic banana chunks from Samoa.
  • OooobyBox and FoodBox deliver fresh produce straight to your door.
  • Forest and Bird's Best fish guide, which ranks the ecological sustainability of seafood from commercial fisheries. Print it out and take it with you next time you're at the supermarket!

Grow your own

Growing your own food can be incredibly rewarding. You don’t have to be an expert to give it a go and you’ll see from the links below, even the smallest spaces can be converted into a vege patch or herb garden.

This Kiwi blogger has been gardening and growing her own for over 30 years. Take a look at her site for tips on producing a bumper crop of veges!

Gardening in small spaces and urban gardening ideas:

Gardening for kids

Cut food waste