Grant supports better co-ordination of food relief

Grant supports better co-ordination of food relief

Food relief to Western Australians in need will be better coordinated and more effective, thanks to a project to be developed by the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS).

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today announced that Lotterywest is providing WACOSS with $340,568 to develop a framework which identifies food relief providers throughout the State. It will map out how food relief recipients and stakeholders can work together more effectively.

The need for a coordinated approach was identified by Lotterywest after stakeholders had expressed concerns that their services were too heavily crisis and supply driven.

They also said they had limited understanding of the demand for food relief because of a lack of quantitative and qualitative data.

The project is expected to begin shortly and be completed by January 2019.

“Food relief agencies throughout Western Australia are providing an important and highly valued service supporting people who rely on the availability of emergency food,” said Community Services Minister Simone McGurk

“Soup kitchens, food hampers or emergency food outlets like Foodbank are some of the ways services are reaching out to people in need.

“However, it has become clear that better co-ordination could lead to more effective services, so that more people get access to the right sort of assistance at the right time.

“I applaud Lotterywest for identifying this need and WACOSS for taking on such a complex, yet crucial project that will underpin better supports to people in the future.”