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Food access and security

As a council, we play a role in local food systems by providing guidance for the community on how to build a sustainable, just, and vibrant food system that will last.

Our community does a range of work in relation to food. This includes growing food at home, community gardens, free food events, forums and networks, and more.

Food System Strategy

What is a food system?

The food system includes all the steps involved in keeping us fed, from growing, harvesting, processing, packing, distribution, marketing, consumption and disposal of food.

Research shows that establishing local food systems can significantly enhance the health and wellbeing of communities, improve the availability of and access to nutritious food, strengthen the local economy, and revitalise urban and natural environments

Moreland Food System Strategy

The Moreland Food System Strategy (PDF) is aimed at helping us to seek opportunities where we can learn and create a resilient local food system with our community. Our Food System Strategy has been extended until 2024 (a further 4 years) with a refreshed action plan linking to the Moreland Health and Wellbeing Plan and the Zero Carbon Action Plan. You can see both of these plans on our Policies and strategies page.

 

Figure 1. Poster showing the many outputs that have arisen from the Moreland food system strategy in the areas of 'Healthy environment, resilient community', 'Equal social and economic access to nutritious food', and 'Vibrant, thriving food culture, celebrating diversity'

 

  • Alongside the community we achieved the following outcomes toward creating a healthy environment and resilient community.

    • Developed 6 new communal food growing sites including Fawkner Food Bowls, Gowanbrae Community Garden, Warr Park Food Forest, Reynard Street Community Garden, Merlynston Linear Park and Culinary Orchard, and the Upfield Urban Forest
    • Resolved over 15 community initiated food growing related requests
    • Funded 3000 acres for the 'Moreland Grows' exhibition and videos of 5 Moreland home food gardeners
    • Created community garden assessment tools and guidelines
    • Provided support for Moreland Community Gardening inc.
    • Saw our local food networks expand by over 5 community groups
    • Held 3 local food forums and networking events which were attended by over 115 people
    • Generated over 190m3 of bulk compost from food and garden waste at 12 community gardens
  • Alongside the community we achieved the following outcomes toward ensuring that there is equal social and economic access to nutritious food in Moreland.

    • Created community food asset mapping to inform our community food hub feasibility study
    • Generated funding support for the Fawkner Wholefoods Collective
    • Supported the establishment of the 'Fawkner Commons' food distribution hub
    • Supported the Ecological Justice Hub's meals delivery food relief service
    • Established the Moreland Food and Material Relief Network with over 32 members
  • Alongside the community we achieved the following outcomes toward ensuring that we maintain a vibrant, thriving food culture that celebrates diversity.

    • We mapped our commercial kitchens and provided support for a commercial kitchen hiring pilot program
    • Supported 3000 acres with Open Garden VIC for the 2019 summer series of 13 home food garden tours and workshops. Within this series we supported 9 Moreland home food garden tours in partnership with Darebin Council for the Backyard Harvest Festival
    • Generated funding support for 'Cook, dine and shine', a multicultural cooking event series, as well as 'Lost recipes of Fawkner: unearthing multicultural family recipes'
    • Co-hosted Devita Davidson's Growing Food Micro-Enterprise Workshop for 25 participants
    • Hosted a talk by David Holmgren on 'Retrosuburbia' which was attended by over 60 people
  • One of the priorities in our Food System Strategy was to develop ways to track our progress against the outcomes we are aiming for. We worked with residents and community group members to develop a Summary Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for monitoring this progress. The framework also allows us to adjust our Food System Strategy to stay on track to achieve our goals.

Food security and food access

Food security is when all people have access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and safe food. Moreland has been shown to have high levels of food insecurity. Food insecurity happens when households run out of food and are not able to buy more.

Addressing the cause of food security issues

One of the actions of our Food Systems Strategy is to work with groups, agencies and residents to address the causes of people lacking food security in Moreland.

In 2020 we completed a feasibility study on establishing a community food hub in Moreland's northern suburbs. This area has some of the least food secure communities in Moreland. 

In 2021/22 we are implementing a key recommendation coming out of the study which is to establish a Food Leadership Action Group (FLAG) as part of a Collective Impact approach to implementing a Community Food Hub in Moreland.

Council has engaged consultants Open Food Network to support the backbone organisation functions of the FLAG and work with them to develop a Collective Impact Shared Measurement Framework (CIMF) to demonstrate the impacts and benefits of community food hub activities.

For more information on the Community Food Hub project you can contact a Food System Officer on 9240 2388 or find out more on the Conversations Moreland website.

Food relief

There are a number of services that provide food parcels and meals to Victorians who need them.

For support during mandatory isolation due to COVID-19, including food relief, contact the Moreland COVID-19 support line by calling 8311 4140 to speak to one of our staff. You can find out more about the support available to you on our Local COVID-19 support page.

Food and material relief services

These brochures contain information about food and material relief services in Moreland and neighbouring suburbs

  • Pantry storage foods (tinned and packet dry goods) are available by contacting:

  • Pantry storage and fresh foods (cold storage) are available by contacting:

  • Cooked meals for collection are available by contacting:

    • Brunswick Salvos for food parcels and takeaway hot meals - call 9388 5500
    • Gelato Messina in partnership with Fare Share, for precooked frozen meals - see the Gelato Messina website
    • Reynard Street Neighbourhood House for precooked frozen meals - call 9386 7128
    • Muslim Women's Council of Victoria for cooked halal meals - call 0481 752 964
    • Moreland Manna for takeaway, warm meals, coffee, tea, bread and light morning tea - call 0416 378 748
    • Open Table at Fawkner Senior Citizen's Centre, 77 Jukes Road, every second Saturday - call 0403 218 123
  • Moreland's Meals on Wheels provide cooked meals for delivery. You can call 9240 2302 to access this service.

    Moreland's Meals on Wheels is available for:

      • People over the age of 65
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 45 who are on low income, are homeless or at risk of homelessness
      • People on low income and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness over the age of 50
  • Emergency relief and food vouchers are available through:

    • Community Information and Support Moreland - call 9350 3737
    • The Salvation Army for food vouchers, bill payments and pharmacy payments - call 9353 1086
    • St Vincent de Paul - 1800 305 330
    • The Salvation Army Asylum Seeker and Refugee Service - 9384 8333
    • Brunswick Salvos - 9388 5500
  • Fruit and vegetables at a reduced cost are available through: