Food Security

Food security is an individual or community’s ability to access healthy, affordable and appropriate food.  Food insecurity can therefore be defined as having limited or irregular access to safe and secure nutritional food from a non-emergency source.

Food insecurity has been prioritised in the Central West Gippsland region in 2007. Subsequently, research and food system mapping was undertaken, which showed that the individuals found to be most affected by food insecurity in Central West Gippsland include the people on low incomes, older people, young people and people living in isolated areas.  The result of this research was a Food Security Recommendation Report which was published in 2012 and provided guidance on the types of interventions that the CWGPCP and its partners could implement in order to tackle food insecurity.  The Baw Baw Food Security Coalition was then developed to lead this work in the Baw Baw Shire.

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Baw Baw Food Security Coalition Comprehensive Overview Report

This Comprehensive Overview Report details the history and impact of the Baw Baw Food Security Coalition since its initial development in 2012.

The Baw Baw Food Security Coalition is comprised of a Strategic Planning Working Group that sits within Council, a Community Food Access Network commonly known as the Baw Baw Food Movement, and an Emergency Food Relief Network. These four groups bring together local government, community health, emergency relief agencies, primary producers, retailers, community gardens and the community to work across the food security continuum.

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The overall aim is to increase access to, and consumption of, healthy and nutritious food for the Baw Baw community by:

  • increasing local planning and action
  • implementing evidence based interventions
  • supporting community led food solutions

This collaborative approach has led to many interventions including advocating to Council, retailers selling local produce, community gardens, edible landscapes and school kitchen garden projects.

Additionally, there is an extensive evidence base detailing these interventions and the changes in food security over the past decade, as a result of research and evaluation by the CWGPCP and its partners (listed below).

 

Availability and Affordability of healthy food in Baw Baw: 2017

The recent Victorian Healthy Food Basket survey found that the cost of a ‘Healthy Food Basket’ has continued to increase since 2012.  This report also shows that there are a disproportionate number of fresh food outlets available in Baw Baw (when compared with outlets which provide discretionary food choices), particularly in areas with poorer socioeconomic conditions. Click here to view the report.

 

Previous reports and timelines are outlined below:

2007 – The Impact of Food Security in a Rural Area report completed

2008 – Victorian Healthy Food basket Mapping was completed in CWG

2009 –CWG mapping of food and transport availability

2010 – CWGPCP – Getting Grub in Gippsland report completed

2011 – WGHG – Erica/Rawson Community Consultation Food Security Report completed

2011 – LCHS – Moe Heights Community Consultation Food Security Report completed

2011 – LCHS – Morwell East Community Consultation Food Security Report completed

2012 – WGHG – Drouin Community Consultation Food Security Report completed

2012 – Current report is looking at recommendations to decrease food insecurity in CWG

2012 – Victorian Healthy Food basket Mapping will be updated in CWG

2012 – Food Security in Drouin report using data gained from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Household survey

2015 – Food Security in Drouin (using data from USDA survey)

2015 – Baw Baw Food Security Case Study

2016 – Baw Baw Food Movement – Building the ‘mid-stream’ pillar of the Baw Baw Food Security Coalition to enable community led food solutions

 

Please contact danielle.daley@lchs.com.au if you would like to access these reports.