Concept design of the Ballarat Food Security Centre to be potentially located in the Ballarat West Employment Zone.
Media Release: Ballarat Food Security Centre Announcement
Ballarat Foundation welcomes today’s announcement that, if elected this November, a Liberal Nationals Government will make a significant investment to combat food insecurity in Ballarat.
The Liberal Nationals committed to invest $1.5 million into the construction of a food warehousing and distribution centre that will receive, store and distribute food rescue and donated product to Ballarat and Grampians charities. The funding commitment could see construction works at the Ballarat West Employment Zone site commenced in 2019.
The project has been informed by research completed in March this year through Monash University. The report ‘Impacts of Food Insecurity in Ballarat’ conservatively estimated 12% of Ballarat’s population accessed emergency food relief services at least once in the previous year.
The Ballarat and Grampians Food Security Centre initiative is championed by Ballarat Foundation supported by Ballarat Community Health and the Ballarat Food Access Network (FAN), which is a collaboration of local service providers of meal and emergency food relief programs. Ballarat Foundation has enlisted FoodBank Victoria as a project partner to ensure the proposed facility has the advice and support of the state’s peak food relief agency.
Commenting on the announcement Ballarat Foundation Chair, Wayne Weaire, said: “We welcome this election commitment from the Liberal Nationals. It supports a project that addresses a major gap in community infrastructure in Ballarat. I want to acknowledge the support of local MP Louise Staley and her Liberal colleagues in advancing this important initiative.”
Speaking about the project Chief Executive of Ballarat Foundation Matt Jenkins advised, “The Food Security Centre is planned as an innovative staged development that will benchmark Ballarat and Grampians responses against international best practice in alleviating food insecurity.”
“Support from across the community and beyond is growing stronger. We are proposing a strategic and holistic approach to tackling the multitude of issues that attach to food insecurity. Our intent is to incorporate a community grocer, food production and training facilities into the site. We will be seeking support from philanthropics, community and all tiers of government. It is not acceptable that in a city built on wealth we have children from food insecure households going to school without breakfast, and a packed lunch.”
More information on the Ballarat and Grampians Food Security Centre can be obtained by contacting Ballarat Foundation www.ballaratfoundation.org.au END of Release
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