Hume Food Forum tackles food equity and sustainability

Published on 05 April 2024

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Hume City Council is working on strategies to remove the barriers to food security in Hume, developed in discussion with community and experts for the Hume Food Forum on Friday 22 March. 

The Council led forum brought together representatives from the North Eastern Public Health Unit, and VicHealth to connect, share and learn about our food system with food relief agencies, community gardens, local businesses, schools, community organisations and agriculture industry representatives. 

The forum comes at a crucial time, with people not just in our community but around the world feeling the burden of the current economic crisis. 

Bringing to attention the need for equitable, culturally responsive, healthier and more sustainable food systems is a priority for Council. 

Keynote speakers included FoodBank Victoria’s Dave McNamara, VicHealth’s Dheepa Jeyapalan, and founder of Sustain: The Australian Food Network Nick Rose, discussing. 

Guests of the forum engaged in a range of problem solving and solution building initiatives that promoted tackled barriers to food security.  

Themes explored include the current challenges in accessing healthy and fresh foods in Hume and the complexities of food production and consumption, while attendees engaged in conversations about how to make food systems more resilient. 

An important addition to the event was a contribution from Hume Elder Aunty Jo from Westmeadows Indigenous Community Gardens.  

She shared invaluable insights on resources that can be cultivated from indigenous plants for food, medicine, and bush tucker garden cultivation. 

Council thanks the community members, advocates and industry representatives that took part in this unique opportunity for networking and discussion, and for promoting ideas and solutions as we strive for equity across the food system.