Food For All Latrobe Valley
Food security can be defined as ‘when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life’.
Recent data released through the Victorian Population Health Survey found that 6.6% of the population within Latrobe Valley experience food insecurity with hunger. This is significantly higher than the Victorian average of just 3.6%.
In response to this growing issue a local Food Security Coalition, known as Food For All Latrobe Valley (FFALV), was established to increase access to fresh nutritious food across Latrobe Valley. The Coalition is an initiative of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone, and is supported by the Latrobe Health Assembly, Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership and many other organisations and community members.
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 Coalition has been in operation since 2018 and to date has achieved the following collective impacts:
- Two years of collaboration
- 78 organisations, community groups and schools engaged
- 273 interventions delivered
- 15,101 people participating in interventions
- 75% estimated population reach of interventions and FFALV food messaging