Sydneysiders help themselves

Posted on 01. Feb, 2011 by in Interviews—2010, Past Events, Resources

As part of the 2010 Sydney International Food Festival, the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance hosted a Q&A style forum about the innovative ways that Sydneysiders are providing for themselves.

Moderated by Simon Thomsen, food critic for the Daily Telegraph, Iron Chef Australia judge, and one of Australia’s top food writers, the panel included, amongst others, the Reverend Bill Crews from the Exodus Foundation; Australian Local Hero of the Year Ronnie Kahn from Oz Harvest; and Simon Gregory from The Salvation Army Food 4 Life market.

‘Although Australia is a wealthy nation, not everyone is able to access healthy food,’ said Mark Ludbrooke, Sydney Food Fairness Alliance spokesperson. ‘This year, over a million Australians will run out of food and not be able afford to purchase more. Faced with such difficulties, many Sydney households are now coming together to help themselves to secure access to good food’.

The forum introduced innovative programs like the Salvation Army Food 4 Life Market – a membership based program that gives people in Warwick Farm access to an affordable food market. It also showcased Food Within – a Western Sydney program started by a low-income mother determined to provide good food for her kids and local families. Alicia Martin from Food Within generously shared her personal experience with food insecurity.

‘Local people and organisations are working hard on innovative ways to improve access healthy food’, Mark continued. ‘The question many are now asking is what is the NSW Government doing on this front? With some Sydneysiders still struggling to be able to afford enough healthy food, it’s time the Government convened an independent food policy council to consider appropriate responses to local food insecurity’.

Audio files of the evening will be available soon.

The event was made possible thanks to funding from the City of Sydney and the dedicated efforts of Sydney Food Fairness Alliance volunteers.

No comments.

Leave a Reply