Food connects us to each other, the land, and allows us to express and celebrate our diversity and shared values.
Everyone has the right to be able to access good food to support their health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, not everyone has equal access to sufficient, nutritious and affordable food in our community with 30 per cent of residents experiencing food insecurity and only 4 per cent of adults consuming sufficient fruit and vegetables in 2022 (City of Melbourne Social Indicators Survey 2022).
Our modern food system is a complex web of relationships and connections from paddock to plate. City of Melbourne is committed to supporting and promoting a food system that is secure, healthy, fair, sustainable, thriving and socially inclusive. The impacts of COVID-19, extreme weather, global events and the rising cost of living have demonstrated the fragility of our food system and the need for a more coordinated and localised approach to food in our city.
As a result, we have committed to updating our Food City Policy, in partnership with Sustain: The Australian Food Network. We want the updated Food City Policy to reflect the needs and aspirations of our diverse community. To do this, we’ll be engaging with our community in a variety of ways via surveys, online workshops and focus groups during March 2023.
We encourage everyone to get involved in shaping the future of Melbourne’s food system to ensure sufficient, secure and affordable access to good food for all, now and into the future.
Consultation closed 31 March 2023.
Read the Food City Policy summary
Timeline item 1 - complete
3 to 31 March 2023
Timeline item 2 - active
Prepare draft of Food City Policy with insights from community engagement
May to July 2023
Timeline item 3 - incomplete
Presentation of draft Food City Policy to Future Melbourne Committee
Tuesday 5 December 2023