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Ballarat Community Food Insecurity Partnership project

Food security is “the ability of individuals, households and communities to acquire food that is healthy, sustainable, affordable, appropriate and accessible in a socially acceptable means”

The History

Ballarat Community Health and the City of Ballarat’s Food Security Partnership engaged Monash University 4th year dietetic students who undertook several projects investigating food security in Ballarat.  Out of those, a food forum was held in 2015, which lead to the formation of the Food Access Network.

Food Access Network

This group meets regularly to share knowledge, concerns and ideas as they work in the food relief space.

  • ›Ballarat Community Health,
  • City of Ballarat,
  • United Way/The Ballarat Foundation,
  • Central Highland Primary Care Partnership,
  • Salvation Army,
  • Uniting Care,
  • Anglicare,
  • Soup Bus,
  • YMCA,
  • Hepburn Health,
  • Laneway Food is Free,
  • Golden Plains Shire,
  • Link Up – Ballarat SC,
  • Wellbeing Wendouree,
  • Permaculture Guild,
  • Rowan View Preschool,
  • Harvest Ministry of Food.

In 2016 a student project commenced investigating the feasibility of a centralised food hub in Ballarat.  In 2017 the student project is supporting the City of Ballarat with recommendations for a food policy as part of Council’s Health and Wellbeing plan.

food-insecurity-forum-flyer-may-2017The Project

Ballarat Food Community Food Insecurity Partnership project (partly funded through United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation in 2017) involves:

Data collection

  • Demographic and Population Health
  • Surveying of Community and School food programs
  • Data from Emergency Relief Agencies, community food programs and school breakfast programs.

Food Hub Visits

  • ›Food Share Bendigo – aggregation and distribution of Emergency Food Relief (EFR).
  • ›2 and 5 Inc. Geelong – Certified organic market garden & fresh food retail shop, café and EFR.
  • ›Food Share Abbotsford – ready-made meals from rescued food, cooking, gardening, education sessions, corporate and school volunteer program.

Food Insecurity Forum Thursday: 4th May 2017

Click on the image to download a flyer.





United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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