Kai Aroha is a voluntary non-profit organisation which provides a free community meal to those who do not have enough food to feed themselves and their loved ones. Based in Tauranga and Pāpāmoa, the mission of Kai Aroha is ‘Feeding and Caring for our Hungry Community – nourishing the body, the heart and the soul’.
Kai Aroha is a relief service to the community, aiming to alleviate the current poverty situation people are in by providing them with hot nutritious food and grocery items one night per week. Feeding nutritious food to our community is part of the healing process in helping people move forward in their journey to be free from poverty. Food opens the door to trust and develops confidence. Kai Aroha is a gateway to other services in the community. They will listen to people share their stories and connect them with community and professional services where needed.
In 2020 Kai Aroha received funding from the Joan Chappell-Mathias Fund.