The number of people being supported by the Auckland City Mission has increased so significantly that the mission has almost run out of canned food.
The mission's team leader for fundraising Alexis Sawyers, said there had been a 25 percent increase in demand for food parcels compared to the same time last year.
"This time last year we were averaging between 750 and 800 food parcels given out each month. This year we've given out over 1000 for January, February and March and this last month we gave out 1150."
Canned food such as spaghetti, tuna, tomatoes, and vegetables will go a long way to feeding those in need, Ms Sawyers said.
Food can be dropped off at the mission on Hobson street, or at the New World supermarkets at Victoria Park and Devonport.