Activity to support food resilience will address three Priority Areas. The priority areas are:
- Integrated Support – Collaborative and connected leadership and innovation;
- Place-Based – Support for community food resilience solutions; and
- Data and Information – Understanding Tasmanian food relief and food resilience through improved data and information sharing.
The table below details objectives against each Priority Area. These objectives will help to focus Government efforts and will form the foundation of the Strategy Action Plan.
Integrated Support – Collaborative leadership and innovation
The process of surveying local food relief providers and geospatial mapping of their responses demonstrated the complexity of food security in Tasmania. Leadership is needed to build the capacity of local organisations to mobilise action. These focus areas are designed to recognise the inherent connection between food resilience and the safety, health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.
Identify and promote the factors of success underlying current models of service integration in Tasmania, such as community food hubs, school food programs, hospitality based social enterprises and service referral pathways.
Encourage increased connection of these services across Tasmania.
Identify the challenges and opportunities for food resilience design and delivery in our regional and remote communities.
Advocate the role and responsibilities of state-wide leaders in food distribution, food literacy and education, and food relief provision across the community sector.
Food Literacy and Nutrition
Through a systems approach, support the coordination, collaboration and promotion of existing educational programs that provide Tasmanians with the capabilities and nutritional knowledge to access food and to eat well.
Local Food Systems
Develop opportunities to connect state-wide and local food relief providers and the local agricultural, hospitality, horticulture and processing industries to promote self- sufficiency, and to reduce food waste and food loss.
Place-Based – Supporting community food resilience solutions
Tasmania’s social and geographical diversity presents opportunities for innovation. These focus areas are designed to encourage solutions that are responsive to local need.
Community Led Co-Design
Create connections to better integrate networks and foster partnerships that support locally driven solutions with relevant Government and community sector activities, including school food programs, with priority given to communities with gaps in supply as identified in the Tasmanian Government food mapping survey.
Community Led Co-Design
Work with the Local Government Association of Tasmania to identify and support opportunities for Councils to lead place-based initiatives to build food resilience.
Work with organisations to understand the barriers and motivations of volunteers and volunteer involving organisations, to ensure a sustainable volunteer workforce.
Provide access to business and project design support, including support for the development of hospitality-based employment and training opportunities through food relief social enterprises.
Strengthening Food Systems
Identify pathways to increase community awareness and responsibility for food relief, including avenues for donation of in-kind support, such as backyard, community gardens or surplus produce.
Data and Information – Understanding Tasmanian food relief and food resilience through improved data and information sharing
Data and information sharing must underpin long-term solutions. These focus areas are designed to promote the utility of existing information, and identify the affordability, availability and sustainability of healthy food at the local level – which is vital to identify the communities most reliant on food relief.
Implement routine collection of organisational based data on the distribution of food relief in Tasmania, including geographic and demographic information where possible to better understand the needs of specific population groups.
Undertake regional profiling of food relief and food resilience initiatives in consultation with communities, mapping available geographic and social data relevant to each location. This will build on work already undertaken by the Tasmanian Government in this area.
Support the collection and dissemination of information on the lived experience of Tasmanians seeking food relief, to inform service design, delivery and evaluation that will lead to food resilience.
Undertake an audit of resources and platforms that assist food relief organisations to deliver their services, support food resilience and provide referral pathways, to increase connectivity and consistency.
Support a community sector alliance to inform Government decision-making, advocate sector concerns, share information, monitor demand and contribute to the development of community-based solutions and build local capacity to sustain long-term change. This alliance will liaise directly with the Department of Communities Tasmania.