The Food Relief System

A Glossary is included in this Strategy to foster a shared understanding of the terms often used in discussions regarding food relief and food security.

Tasmania’s current food relief system largely relies on food distribution organisations such as Loaves and Fishes Tasmania and Foodbank Tasmania, to distribute surplus and donated food to food relief providers to provide to those in need. In addition, there are also community driven social enterprises and cooperatives that provide low or no cost food.

The food relief system is illustrated below:

FundingFood RescueFood ReliefClients
  • Government
  • Tasmanian Government
  • Business
  • Philanthropy
  • Fundraising
  • Private donations
  • Local grocer’s donations
  • Local farmer donations
  • Handling fees
  • Transportation of food rescued or donated
  • Warehouses and kitchens for storage and preparation of food
  • Food vouchers
  • Hampers
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Community food pantries
  • Community gardens
  • School food programs

People experiencing:

  • Financial crisis
  • Social  isolation
  • Low income
  • Unemployment
  • Natural disaster(s)
  • Homelessness
  • Family violence