Food Solutions – Affordable Food Access Project
Food Solutions support for Neighbourhood Houses
Many local communities see food and food security as a significant local issue. There are a range of projects happening in different Houses. The page aims to provide some support and a collaborative forum to those Houses.
Affordable Food Access – Food Cooperatives
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania is glad to be working with Eat Well Tasmania and the Heart Foundation on the Towards Sustainable Food Coops project. The State Government has provided $100,000 to NHT to enable some Neighbourhood Houses to partner with their community for the development of projects to increase local access to healthy food.
Eight Houses across Tasmania have successfully applied for a small grant to develop a local food access project. The successful Houses are:
- Deloraine House
- Northern Suburbs Community Centre (Rocherlea)
- West Moonah Community House
- Goodwood Community Centre
- Bucaan Community House
- Maranoa Heights Community Centre
- Geeveston Community Centre
- Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House
Each House is working in unique ways to connect and partner with others in their local community. They will be taking advantage of the local produce that doesn’t make the grade for sale by major retail outlets, responding to the access problems that some people and communities face in obtaining fresh and healthy food. The small amount of funding initially available is aimed at supporting the establishment of local food cooperatives that are self sustaining and move beyond food relief programs.
Watch this space for more information about these projects, and for more information to support similar projects and solutions to start up into the future.
- Eat Well Tasmania website
- Food Solutions website at Eat Well Tasmania
- EWT Affordable Access Project – Fact Sheet
- Dropbox of case studies and other resources
- Healthy Food Access Project – Heart Foundation Website
- The Tasmanian Retail Development Program organised by the Department of State growth. It will support small businesses with 3 workshops and coaching sessions. There are 200 spots available: https://www.business.tas.gov.au/retail
- Business Mentor services from CoacheStuff: http://www.coachestuff.com/
- Tools developed by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, for setting up co-ops http://www.getmutual.coop/getting-started/
- The Tasmanian Co-op Registrar http://www.consumer.tas.gov.au/registrations/co-operatives
Thanks to the following organisations for their support in these projects.