Kere to Country, an Aboriginal led and run social enterprise, and Foodbank SA announce this partnership to commence in July with the opening of the Foodbank Alice Springs Food Hub.
Kere to Country specialises in the provision of fresh meat to Aboriginal communities in a sustainable and cost-effective way both in Alice Springs and surrounding communities, where food quality and affordability remains a significant issue.
It is estimated that 1.2 million people cannot regularly provide themselves with a culturally appropriate, safe and nutritious food supply from a non-emergency source.
According to Kere to Country CEO, Jessice Wishart, Alice Springs and its surrounding areas are in desperate need of this kind of support.
“Food insecurity is a massive issue in our communities, particularly in remote Aboriginal Communities. Kere to Country look forward to working with Foodbank in this space, ensuring accessibility and culturally appropriate service delivery for all.”
The Foodbank Food Hub will allow low income families a place to access items at an affordable price thanks to Newmont Australia’s recent donation of $250,000 donation as part of the Newmont Global Community Support Fund.
The Food Hub will enable Foodbank to distribute up to an additional 250,000 kg for those in need in the region in the first 12 months of operation.
This is equivalent to an additional 500,000 meals for families in need, and there are hopes to increase this number every year.
The Foodbank Food Hub will be set up like a general store where those in need can have a dignified shopping experience and purchase items at a significantly reduced cost.
In addition to this, all fruit and vegetables will be free of charge to promote a balanced diet.
“At present the CEO of Kere to Country, Jessica Wishart, and I are meeting with agencies servicing Alice Springs to consult with community, elders, ministers, the business community and other charities,” said Greg Pattinson, CEO, Foodbank South Australia.
“The Alice Springs Food Hub will enable agencies to refer their clients who are in need of food relief, reducing the burden placed on agencies caused by the rising level of need.”
For more info on Kere to Country head to https://www.keretocountry.com.au/.
For more info on Foodbank head to https://www.foodbank.org.au/.