Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership covers Mitchell
and Murrindindi shires.
Hume Region Integrated Health Promotion Strategy
2012- Regional Priority Healthy Eating
Mapping identified Poor access to affordable food –
3. The Street Harvest Initiative
Funding available from Goulburn Valley Medicare
Local to support the IHP plan.
Review of the evidence for interventions identified
the Street Harvest Pilot in Wodonga.
Street Harvest Wodonga
Foodbank Victoria commenced a pilot of Street
Harvest in 2009.
Street Harvest successful in Wodonga in facilitating
the sharing of excess fruit and vegetables from
residential gardens to neighbours and emergency
Toolkit developed in 2013 to develop Street
Harvest Programs in other areas.
4. Lower Hume Street Harvest Project
One year pilot project commenced August 2013
Work plan developed from Foodbank’s Street Harvest Toolkit.
Community consultations identified additional needs and activities
that could be built in and supported to increase sustainability.
1. Increase supply of fresh fruit and vegetables by 50% at local
emergency relief centres by July 2014.
2. Develop personal skills relating to gardening, basic nutrition and food
preparation through providing learning opportunities to local
residents by 2014.
3. Promote local food security awareness to key stakeholders.
5. Project Strategies
Assess community need- community consultation, food outlet
consultation, baseline survey on Foodshare programs.
Source food donations, recruit and train volunteers, redistribute
produce and coordinate food donations
Identify settings to establish gardening and cooking education,
provide support to education programs
Promote key messages of the street harvest project, advocate for
6. Project Outcomes
Four fruit and vegetable donations received
Flowerdale Primary School have renewed their edible garden and
continuing workshops through their Kids Teaching Kids.
Supported Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House to establish a
Toolangi and Castella Community House has commenced a monthly
Developed Murrindindi Fresh Fruit and Vegetable brochure
Lack of volunteers
Emergency relief funding
Flexible project worker
Partnership with Berry Street and Foodshare
Utilising existing infrastructure
Providing resources and equipment
Supporting other initiatives
One size does not fit all
Community engagement takes time
Need to encourage and support sharing of food, purchasing from local
growers and reducing food miles.
Ongoing education required
Community driven initiatives more sustainable
PCPs program logic and priorities. Agencies funded for IHP program, PCP coordinates.
Hume IHP strategy 2012, regional priority of healthy eating
IHP planning in Lower Hume identified issue of food insecurity. Poor access to affordable food often leads to increase in cheaper energy dense nutrient poor alternatives.
Food insecurity rates.
Funding available from Goulburn Valley Medicare Local to support the IHP plan. Reviewed evidence for an intervention, found rural street harvest project in Wodonga, developed project proposal and received twelve months funding for a project worker.
Foodbank developed Street Harvest in 2009 and piloted in Wodonga. The program founder presented to us on the Wodonga initiative to give us some ideas to get started their program consisted of volunteers mapping excess backyard produce and ask residents to participate in the program. Volunteers then collected and redistributed produce to foodshare, community members and Wodonga tafe to cook up meals for foodshare. Also linked in other partners and projects including community gardens, local high school. Also some residents donated land for gardening. Toolkit made available in 2013 outlining process to establish a Street Harvest program.
Funding from Medicare Local for one year pilot with project worker two days/week.
As a number of other initiatives were happening in other areas of the catchment, we decided to focus on the Kinglake Ranges to pilot the Street Harvest Project. Rural towns. Kinglake one supermarket, flowerdale one general store.
We acknowledged that this area is very different to Wodonga (roughly 4,000 people through five small rural townships compared with a regional city with 37,500 people)
Utilised the toolkit as a framework and had 3 objectives
Five community consultations were completed at alternative venues dates and times to inform community of the project and collect input and feedback. Promoted extensively however low attendance at consultations. Community consultation surveys- poor access to fruit and veg, most people travel outside of Murrindindi to obtain good quality and affordable fruit and veg, not aware of whats available locally, street harvest on its own not valued but interested in community gardens, edible landscapes and community cooking programs.
food outlet surveys-one supermarket sold fruit and veg, 1 general store sometimes and other not at all. Sourced produce from outside of Murrindindi (occasionally broccoli and berries locally) due to lack of awareness, low supply and affordability of produce; and willing to sell locally grown. Had no excess produce to donate.
Baseline surveys on foodshare confirmed no access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
If we want to improve healthy eating, the environment needs to support it
Community driven initiatives- example community action research Alexandra district health, volunteer group collected research and asset mapping to identify an intitiaves to improve food security. Triangle food op shop, bag donated produce and sell for $1 at general store. Building on this- food hub for talks and workshops, communal garden, and a weekly cook up.
Report available today and on website under reports.