One in 10 New Zealanders are hungry, malnourished or nervous about where their next meal is coming from, according to a recent report.

After such shocking results, ideas are being explored to combat low nutrition and hunger which include community gardens and kitchens, where people can pool resources and grow and cook healthy food together.

According to The Press, a Canterbury Community and Public Health report says 10 per cent of households had “low food security”.

Author Susan Bidwell said this could mean family members were hungry or had a poor diet because they could not afford nutritious food.

Such people might rely on emergency assistance, scrounging or stealing, or not be able to access culturally acceptable foods, she said.

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