Food security is the capacity to be able to get adequate nutrition on a daily basis to maintain a good level of health. Homelessness and food insecurity often go hand in hand. Soup kitchens, mobile food vans, teaching young homeless people how to prepare nutritious meals and distributing food vouchers are among the responses to food insecurity.
Below are some examples of current programs and services tackling food insecurity.
SecondBite is a not-for-profit organisation in Melbourne ‘committed to making a positive difference by sourcing fresh nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to people who are homeless, living in disadvantaged circumstances or experiencing food security issues within the community.’
Apart from its general program of food distribution, SecondBite is involved in a number of innovative projects around food security.
Find out more about SecondBite.
Help yourself program
The Port Phillip ‘Help yourself’ free food co-op was established to support the agencies and services available to ‘at risk’ groups living in the City of Port Phillip. After the Sunday afternoon market collections, ‘Help yourself’ delivers food to a central location (council cold storage) where local agencies can help themselves to food on a needs basis.
More information on the ‘Help yourself’ free food co-op and the City of Port Phillip Health and Wellbeing Plan.
Time for Youth
Time for Youth in Geelong runs The Youth Food Project where they provide:
- Free breakfast every Wednesday morning 8.30 – 10.00 am at the Old Post Office open to all young people
- The Cafe Meals Club Project – a meal for the cost of $3.00 up to the value of $12.00 at selected cafes around Geelong, Colac and the Bellarine Peninsula as well as several school canteens for eligible ‘at risk’ youth. Referrals forms are available from Time for Youth at www.timeforyouth.com.au
- Cooking classes for clients who are in lead tenant or transition housing
OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Adelaide.
Australiawide OzHarvest delivers 333,000 meals per month with a fleet of 12 vans.
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