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Food for Life Market – Warwick Farm

Posted on 24. Dec, 2011 by .

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Background

In 2004 a telephone survey of 1100 households in WF showed that 21% households were food insecure – that is, they had run out of food and been unable to buy more, within the last 12 months.

WF is a low-income suburb near Liverpool in NSW, with few fresh food outlets, poor transport, and a high proportion of people living in social housing and people from non-English speaking background

Community food co-op

In 2006, the Health Service started working with local residents and with the Salvation Army to explore ideas to improve food access. Many people voted for a food co-op. Community Builders funded the project for three years ($300,000) to get off the ground, and Housing NSW provided a 3-bedroom house.  After many delays for planning approvals, refurbishment and modification (eg wheelchair ramp), the market  opened in 2009.

Food is sourced from Foodbank and donations from local businesses, with a focus on healthy foods and fresh fruit and veg.  The market  opens three mornings a week.

Over 600 residents have signed up as members, and 80-100 shop regularly at the market, where for a weekly membership fee of $10, they can access a ‘green bag’ full of groceries and some household items. In just over two years, there have been 8,000 visits  with  more than 200 tonnes of food provided. The market is staffed by community volunteers who have been trained through TAFE.  After two years, the market is making a modest profit.

Evaluation

Evaluations carried out in 2009 and 2010 showed that the market was being accessed by the ‘target’ group, ie people on low incomes. Furthermore, among those interviewed, the rate of food insecurity reported was lower than the previous year.  Access to food  and ease of getting food home had both improved.  45% of respondents reported getting all or 50% of their weekly food from the market.

A great sense of community has developed around the market, and many volunteers have gone on to other training courses and jobs as a result of their involvement .

For more information, ring Food 4 Life on market days only (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 1pm) on 02 8798 5928.

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Food Action for Health: What Works and Why?

Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by .

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Keynote address by John Coveney at the SFFA Food Summit, Hungry for Change October 2009.

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John Coveney is a Professor in the Discipline of Public Health at Flinders University, Adelaide. He has established a high profile as an energetic advocate for, and spokesperson on, health promotion and food policy issues through regular contribution to academic, professional and public activities, conferences and debates to influence health policy and practice. John has worked in clinical nutrition, and community and public health in Australia and overseas. He is the author of two books, numerous book chapters and peer-review articles. He is currently associate editor for the journal Critical Public Health.

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Building Effective Partnerships with Councils

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Workshop presentation by Nick Rose at the SFFA Food Summit, Hungry for Change October 2009.

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Nick Rose is the coordinator of the Bellingen Local Food Network and Bellingen Community Gardens Association. He is an active member of  the Coffs Coast Local Food Futures Alliance, which was formed in May 2008. The Alliance is an innovative and expanding partnership involving local food and other community groups, including the Coffs TAFE, local councils and the North Coast Area Health Services.

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Good Things Come in Small Parcels

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Workshop presentation by Jane Adams at the SFFA Food Summit, Hungry for Change October 2009.

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Jane Adams is the principal of a marketing consultancy specialising in food, wine and hospitality. She is also an award-winning food writer. Jane has been instrumental in introducing farmers? markets to rural, regional and urban communities and believes they provide a permanent and powerful alternative link in Australia’s food chain.

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Refugee Nutrition

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Workshop presentation by Nazmul Ahasan at the SFFA Food Summit, Hungry for Change October 2009.

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Nazmul Ahasan is a community dietitian at NSW Refugee Health Service. Nazmul has a passion for working with disadvantaged communities, and a particular interest in food security. He has worked extensively with refugees, homeless people and Indigenous communities. In addressing food insecurity of refugee population, currently Nazmul is focusing on community development and social cohesion, developing personal knowledge and skills of refugees, developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with stakeholders and settlement service providers, and also advocacy.

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Using the Law to Protect the Land

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by .

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Jemilah Hallinan is the Education Director at the Environmental Defender’s Office.

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Using Carbon to Secure Soil and Water

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John Crawford is the Judith and David Coffey Chair in Sutainable Agriculture at the University of Sydney

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