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New Zealand provides food to people facing cost-of-living pressures

WELLINGTON, June 26 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government is providing further support to help feed people who are struggling to afford the basics like food, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni said on Monday.

Further funding is going to community organizations on the frontline who are providing food to people and families facing cost-of-living pressures, Sepuloni said.

"Demand for food support, particularly in communities impacted by the extreme weather events, remains higher than it was prior to COVID-19," the minister said, adding that to date, the government has provided more than 150 million NZ dollars (92.53 million U.S. dollars) in emergency funding to support community food providers.

The government also announced 24 million NZ dollars (14.8 million dollars) in budget 2023 to invest in longer-term solutions to tackle food security, she said.

It was the first time the government had ever provided direct support to community food providers in this way, and "it's made a real difference for our most vulnerable," Sepuloni said.