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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Food for all Tasmanians Grants Program

Tins of food

In March 2012, the Premier released Food for all Tasmanians – a food security strategy, developed by the Tasmanian Food Security Council. Food for all Tasmanians outlines that many Tasmanians living in low-income households have to ration their food, buy poor quality foods or go without in order to cope with cost of living pressures.

The $5 million 2012-13 Cost of Living Budget Initiative included $1 million for community-based food security initiatives through the Food for all Tasmanians grants program in 2012.

Applications were received from organisations around Tasmania keen to improve food security for people living on low incomes, families with children, older people and/or people who live in poorly serviced or isolated places.

On Friday 9 November 2012, the Premier, Lara Giddings MP, announced the 16 successful organisations to the program.   The organisations will deliver 17 projects statewide.

Projects include:

  • a community kitchen in Devonport providing training in healthy food preparation for vulnerable low income individuals and families;
  • job placement participants building and maintaining 120 private veggie gardens for older people and low income families across the West and North West;
  • further support for the statewide Feeding he Future Local Produce Guild; and
  • several school-based projects - including Food Connections Clarence, which provides a social eating program for older people by younger people. 

The successful organisations to the grant program include:

  • Able Australia
  • Devonport City Council
  • Secondbite
  • Clarence City Council
  • Connecting Families & School Communities, Glenora District High School
  • Bridport Primary School (with Ringarooma Primary School)
  • Colony 47
  • The Link Youth Health Service
  • Rosebery District High School
  • Rural Health Tasmania Inc.
  • North West Environment Centre
  • Ravenswood Neighbourhood House
  • Oatlands District High School
  • Bream Creek Farmers Market Inc.
  • Okines Community House
  • Youth and Family Focus Inc.

Further information about the successful applications, including a description of each of the initiatives, is available.

For information regarding the Grants Program please contact community.nutrition@dhhs.tas.gov.au or call 6222 7222.