A Food Relief Charter for South Australia—Towards a Shared Vision for Pathways Out of Food Insecurity

Tahna Pettman, Carmel Williams, Sue Booth, Deborah Wildgoose, Christina M. Pollard, John Coveney, Julie-Anne McWhinnie, Marian McAllister, Carolyn Dent, Rory Spreckley, Jonathan Buckley, Svetlana Bogomolova, Ian Goodwin-Smith

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Abstract

Chronic food insecurity persists in high-income countries, leading to an entrenched need for food relief. In Australia, food relief services primarily focus on providing food to meet immediate need. To date, there has been few examples of a vision in the sector towards client outcomes and pathways out of food insecurity. In 2016, the South Australian Government commissioned research and community sector engagement to identify potential policy actions to address food insecurity. This article describes the process of developing a co-designed South Australian Food Relief Charter, through policy–research–practice collaboration, and reflects on the role of the Charter as both a policy tool and a declaration of a shared vision. Methods used to develop the Charter, and resulting guiding principles, are discussed. This article reflects on the intentions of the Charter and suggests how its guiding principles may be used to guide collective actions for system improvement. Whilst a Charter alone may be insufficient to create an integrated food relief system that goes beyond the provision of food, it is a useful first step in enabling a culture where the sector can have a unified voice to advocate for the prevention of food insecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7080
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • food assistance
  • food relief
  • food insecurity
  • policy
  • intersectoral collaboration
  • collective impact
  • co-production

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