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.
Due to high rates of food insecurity within the catchment, the Latrobe Food Security Coalition, known as Food For All Latrobe Valley, was established in October 2018.
The Food For All Latrobe Valley project is an initiative of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone, and funded by the Latrobe Health Assembly. Food For All Latrobe Valley is facilitated by Central West Gippsland PCP and supported by many other organisations and community members.
Food For All Latrobe Valley is currently implementing the 2021-2022 food security action plan:
Food for All Latrobe Valley aims to strengthen local partnerships and work collaboratively to support local organisations, community groups and community members to deliver effective, place-based solutions to address this complex issue.
The below reports provide an overview of the development of the initiative over the last 3 years, and presents the project outcomes that have been achieved in the Action Plan:
Food Security Projects
Latrobe Valley Community Cookbook
Sharing the love of food is close to the hearts of many and 'Food For All Latrobe Valley' is thrilled to be able develop a Latrobe Valley Community Cookbook.
We are incredibly grateful to the 30 Latrobe Valley community members who have shared a slice of their love of food through their stories and recipes.
Printed copies of the Cookbook are being distributed to public facilities (e.g. libraries and neighbourhood houses) across Latrobe.
Thank you to the Latrobe Health Assembly for their support and sponsorship of the Cookbook.
Latrobe Valley Food Declaration
The Latrobe Valley Food Declaration has been released. The Declaration aims to encourage action to strengthen our local food system and achieve better access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food for everyone in our community.
Together with the Latrobe Health Assembly, Food For All Latrobe Valley are inviting local businesses, organisations and community groups to come together in support of a resilient and secure local food system for our community. View the Declaration here and find out how to get involved.
Victorian Healthy Food Basket Survey: Latrobe
The Victorian Healthy Food Basket assesses the affordability of a healthy diet. These reports provide a current snapshot of the cost and availability of fresh, nutritious food in supermarkets and independent stores across Latrobe.
Emergency Food Relief: Latrobe
Emergency food relief remains in high demand across Latrobe. Food For All Latrobe Valley has published a summary report outlining some of the barriers faced by emergency food relief providers across Latrobe.
USDA Moe Heights Food Security Report
These reports outline the current level of food insecurity within households in Moe Heights,
Victoria. This research was undertaken to understand the barriers behind higher food
insecurity rates within Moe Heights when compared to the average for Latrobe Valley.