Foodshares play a vital part in helping to feed those experiencing hardship – in fact, they are somehow able to turn a $1 donation into over $66 worth of food!
The Open Food Network has contributed to a report written by Think Impact on the Food Relief System in Victoria which is made up of state and national food relief agencies, Foodshares, community agencies and informal community networks (See figure 1 – below). These agencies often find themselves competing for funding, when they need to be collaborating with each other to maximise their impact.
Figure 1 -The Food Relief Ecosystem – Adapted from the University of Missouri
Food relief sits within broader regional food systems, and we need to plan for resilience of the whole at a regional level. Each region is unique, with a different context and strengths. Rising prices will put pressure on the food relief system across Victoria. We need to plan for contingencies now, and build for the resilience and strengths of each regional food system.
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