Food Hubs and Food Relief – Opportunities in the South East

The aim of this research is to provide insight into the barriers faced by people in the low socio economic status (SES) groups in the City of Casey and surrounding areas, and to understand better the challenges and opportunities in connecting them to fresh fruit and vegetables. Consultation with Emergency Food Providers was conducted to provide a link to understanding their clients’ lives and barriers faced, while understanding better the role a Food Hub could play in connecting Emergency Food Providers to fresh local produce. 

Aiesha Grierson, Intern – La Trobe University, for the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, University of Melbourne.

The primary priorities behind the rethinking of food distribution systems in the City of Casey are three pronged: 1) to maintain farmer viability in the region, by supporting farmers to secure better marketing outlets and fair prices; 2) to increase healthy eating for residents and 3) to increase skill development and community interaction through new local enterprises.

The findings contained in this report focus on addressing the second and third priorities of the project. How Casey Food Hubs can best respond to the needs of the people that are ‘doing it tough’ in the area, and do not currently have enough access to healthy food, and how a Casey food hub or related ‘spin off ‘project could assist in creating jobs and providing skills to residents.

The consultation consisted of a desktop review and interviews with Emergency Food Providers. The objective of the interviews was to: 1) understand better the lives of people in low socio economic status (SES) groups; 2) understand the challenges and opportunities in connecting low SES groups to healthy food; and 3) understand the challenges and opportunities in connecting Emergency Food Providers to farmers.

SE Food Hub – Food Relief Consultations FINAL