Food and Shelter

The most basic of human needs

Just over a quarter of Kiwi kids live in a home that is experiencing income poverty. This is a home where families can’t make ends meet on the income they have.

When a child grows up in a family that lives below the poverty line, they miss out on things most New Zealanders take for granted. They might be living in a cold, damp, over-crowded house, they may not have warm or rain-proof clothing, their shoes may be worn, and on many days, they may go hungry or go without nutritious food.

Children stay home from school because they don’t have the correct uniform or any lunch to take. Living in hardship can also cause lasting damage. It can mean doing badly at school, not getting a good job and having poor health.

It is this demographic of our population that we really want to support.

That’s why we’ve created our Sleepless in September campaign.

We want to reach out to our community and raise awareness for the more vulnerable members, and let you know how you can help make a difference.

What is happening?

Our highlight event of the month is a Quiz Night and Silent Auction fundraiser, which will be held at Black Salt Bar on the 14th September. It’s a chance for local business to show their support for our programmes and for the public to join us in a fun night raising funds for a good cause. We have received some amazing donations already, both to be auctioned and given as prizes. Tickets are $35 individually or $200 for a table of 6, which includes a food platter (hurry – they’re selling quick!).

For more information visit our Facebook Event or contact Melita -

As part of our Sleepless in September campaign, we will also be hosting food drives through local businesses, and visiting schools to speak about poverty in our community.

Schools will also holding mufti-days to raise funds, and bringing in a can for the food bank. If you want to see how you can get involved, check out VisionWest’s Facebook page.

Why support VisionWest?

VisionWest exists to transform lives by ending homelessness and food insecurity while ensuring young people have hope for the future. Over the last 12 months our food bank has been able to support local families with 2550 food parcels and VisionWest Community Housing provided 177 homes.

Read more about how we support whanau and address homelessness in West Auckland with an interview with our Community Housing General Manager James Widgery.

Find out more about how our frontline team is supporting the community, with an interview with Financial Mentor Debbie Griffiths.

Hear from some of our whānau on how VisionWest has helped transform lives through our holistic approach and wrap-around services.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we will be sharing other ways you can get involved including food drive locations.

Together we can do more. It’s what community is about.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our Sleepless in September supporters.


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  • New World New Lynn
  • Big Save Furniture
  • Colombus Coffee Glen Eden
  • Kiwi Tissue
  • Nandos
  • Fiesta Kitchen
  • Noel Leeming
  • Travel Managers
  • Titirangi Golf Club
  • Kingdom Café
  • La Rosa Restaurant
  • Bodega Restaurant

Local Schools:

  • Prospect Primary School
  • Glen Eden Intermediate School
  • Green Bay High School

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke