A strong local food economy
Get Stuffed is about strengthening the local food economy, creating jobs and improving community health. The Latrobe Valley has an unemployment rate of 9.6% (at July, 2016) and one of the highest rates of obesity in the country at 75%. By alleviating income inequality through job creation and skill building, we are tackling the root causes of poor health. We're also making fresh, locally produced food more abundant and accessible in the process.
Why get Stuffed?
As a food network initiative Get Stuffed aims to address prevalent health issues in the Latrobe Valley, but makes the important acknowledgement that poor health has a range of causes. Since our goal is to improve access to fresh, local and healthy food we are looking for the root causes of the limited access that many Latrobe Valley community members experience.
High rates of unemployment and disengagement play a big part in the community health issue, so one of our primary aims is to create local jobs and new industries through the local food economy. We believe that by doing this we will alleviate the impacts of wealth disparity and social marginalisation, while making local food more readily available.
How will we do it?
Get Stuffed is about growing good food, good health and new local jobs. We want to support the local food economy so that together we can build resilience and opportunity into our the systems that keep us fed, healthy and happy.
It will be staged project that aims to build upon 50 Mile Farmers Market and the broader existing food economy in the Latrobe Valley. Over the coming months it will work towards bringing a handful of key initiatives to the local community. Once these are established and working, more initiatives will sprout as the local food economy grows.
Who is Get Stuffed?
This project is run by a dedicated team of local food growers and advocates, in partnership with ReActivate Latrobe Valley. It brings together a long list of partners and supporters from the Latrobe Valley and beyond.
Get Stuffed aims to work constructively within the existing local food economy of the Latrobe Valley and along side other local food networks established and emerging in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia and globally.
Get Stuffed is lucky to be supported by a growing number of organisations, food producers & retailers, institutions, and community groups from the Latrobe Valley and beyond. Be sure to show them some love and visit them online!
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