At Foodbank Victoria we have a vision that we are working hard to achieve – that in the not too distant future, healthy food will be available for all Victorians irrespective of income or location. This is a vision that may seem so simple, idealistic and almost impossible to achieve, but at Foodbank, we see food as a basic human right; a necessity for individuals to reach their potential; a device for interaction and inclusion; and a catalyst for communities to develop.
Nutrition is important to everyone but eating well is especially a challenge for those who are disadvantaged. Low-income people often don’t have the money, education or other resources to eat well. Less than optimal eating patterns contribute to overweight and obesity which in turn are associated with increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, many cancers, asthma and a host of other conditions.
We accept that the current economic environment will continue to drive demand and the crisis faced by so many Victorians is something we can not control. However, what we can do is educate, advocate and provide those that access our services with the opportunity and power to make healthy food choices.
Striving towards our vision of ‘Healthy food for all’ means envisaging a Victorian community where every member can play an active role in creating a better society for all. We know that to be an effective and relevant organisation that challenges the status quo on food security issues, our priority needs to be on ensuring that all Victorians have the best resources to make educated food choices.