Project Background

The Moreland Food System Strategy 2017-2020 sets ambitious goals for creating a just and vibrant food system. Part of this Strategy includes creating a Community Food Hub in Moreland.

Community Food Hubs are places where people can meet together to grow, share, prepare and eat nutritious food. Community Food Hubs are an emerging model to support food security.

Council is committed to working with our community to make nutritious food socially and economically accessible to all. This project explores the feasibility of establishing a community food hub in the north of Moreland which has some of the least food secure communities in the municipality.

Community Consultation Process

Between January and March 2020 we asked our community what a Community Food Hub in Moreland might look like and where it could be located.

We hosted 5 interactive co-design workshops where people contributed ideas to help shape a vision and inform a concept design for a community food hub in the north. We also asked our community to provide us with feedback and ideas by completing an online survey. All up over 75 residents and members of local food groups, including over 27 self-identified key stakeholders contributed their ideas and feedback

Modelling of Food Hub concepts was paused in May while stakeholders responded to the increased and urgent need in the community for access to fresh food brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The feasibility study report (released 30 October 2020) includes outcomes and reflections from both pre-pandemic community consultations and the action engagement process undertaken by the project stakeholders during COVID-19

Recommendations

In line with the collaborative and collective impact approach of the food system strategy, the study emphasises democratic and participatory processes.

Council’s role has been identified as partner, facilitator and investor. The focus is on creating and sustaining discreet but interlinked ‘containers’ of work to enable community stakeholders to lead implementation of the Community Food Hub project.

The first step is to establish a Collective Impact Shared Measurement Framework and a Food Leadership Action Group, which has been included in the 2021/22 budget adopted by Council in May 2021.

Preparing food boxes for distribution during COVID-19

Food box assembly during COVID-19 by Fawkner Commons