Emergency food relief needs to be seen as part of the broader food system. In some ways, the need for emergency food relief in communities is a sign of failures in that system. Transitioning away from emergency food relief in Tasmania requires attention to and resourcing of building a food system that ensures all Tasmanians have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
The State Government should ensure that the Food Security Strategy currently being prepared:
- Expands on recent trials of school lunch provision to include greater school and community provision,
- Adopts a place-based approach to community food security models and not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach,
- Includes strong links to local agricultural and hospitality businesses including training opportunities for program participants; and
- Is scaleable in design so that any potential increase in demand for emergency food relief can be managed in a rapid and effective manner.