Published On: 21 April 2021Categories: Stories

Regardless of politics, Loaves and Fishes Tasmania remains committed to supporting more than 220 community organisations, delivering food and hope to thousands of Tasmanians doing it tough.

We welcome the Liberal Government’s increased commitment to food relief. A re-elected Liberal Government has committed $4.3 million to funding organisations such as Loaves and Fishes, expanding school food programs and establishing a food security strategy.

Grant a third of our budget

The three-year funding promise to Loaves and Fishes does provide some long term confidence in being able to deliver food and hope to our State’s most vulnerable. However, it is just 36% of our total budget for the 2022-2025 period.

The additional support received from our generous donors, both through cash and in-kind, is essential to our operations. With challenging economic times ahead, we welcome further partnership.

We value partnership

We are very excited to be working in partnership with the Tasmanian School Canteen Association in delivering food to students doing it tough, and ensuring that food security is integral to the education of all Tasmanian children.

Training and education is intrinsic to both our statewide service and the place-based initiatives we seek to support. Food security is more than just food. Education in food preparation and nutrition need to be built into placed-based food systems.

We are pleased that there will be ongoing discussion at a Government level around a long term food security strategy that will help move communities from relief to resilience. This will include establishing consistent funding to skill, train and employ vulnerable Tasmanians.

Loaves and Fishes already provides traineeships for 16 adults and students, as well as providing work-for-the-dole and community volunteer positions in our kitchen, warehouses and administration areas.

Our commitment is to ensure food training and education work together to ensure our State has secure, resilient and caring communities.

By Loaves and Fishes CEO, Andrew Hillier

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