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Forging food connections

A PROGRAM focused on supporting, harnessing and developing aspects of the Clarence community is seeking to broaden its horizons by partnering with local business and individuals.

The program, called Food Connections Clarence (FCC), was established in 2011 when Clarence City Council became aware of the many great programs addressing food scarcity across the city.

However, these hubs of activity were isolated from each other, so FCC was created to build a network, link partners and, by doing so, strengthen activities in the area.

Promoting social eating programs and access to low-cost packaged meals, FCC is a group of organisations, businesses, schools and volunteers that are committed to working together to help improve access to healthy, low-cost food to those most vulnerable, including older isolated people in the community.

The packaged meal program is delivered at local community hubs and neighbourhood centres across the city.

At present, Clarence High School and Moto Vecchia Cafe provide a regular supply of packaged meals to Neighbourhood Centres to distribute to those in need.

Both Southern Support School and the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood houses donate produce from its gardens to the packaged meal program.

FCC is seeking to broaden its reach and scope by connecting with other business or individuals.

If you are a business that can donate meat, vegetables or pantry items for FCC’s packaged meal program (or provide a discounted price), contact Clarence City Council on (03) 6217 9784.

If you are an individual that has a surplus of fruit or vegetables from your garden, contact your local Neighbourhood House.

Follow Food Connections Clarence on Facebook to stay up to date with this local initiative at www.facebook.com/FoodConnectionsClarence.

Caption: From left, Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre manager Leanne Doherty, Tasmanian Health Service health promotion worker Corina McCarthy, Clarence High School hospitality students, Clarence City Council Alderman Sharyn Von Bertouch and Clarence High School teacher Amanda Sutton.