Food For All - Resources for Local Governments

Date: 22.06.10

Category: Healthy eating program publications


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The ten micro-movies and information sheets are designed to assist local government in advancing a food security agenda. They describe ten broad categories of action to take to assist residents, especially those vulnerable to food security, with access to affordable, culturally appropriate, and healthy foods. 

The ten micro-movies provide an exciting audio-visual representation of the content.

 Download: Overview  |  View Food For All - trailer


Allocate responsibility

To have food security accepted as a legitimate area for local action and policy, it’s important to assign the role of driving the food security agenda within Council and the community to a specific staff member. This information sheet describes actions and strategies that local government can take to implement this recommendation. 

 Download: Allocate responsibility   |  View Allocate responsibility video


Building the local picture

An invaluable resource for local government can be produced by summarising the key food security issues and local evidence into one document. This information sheet describes the strategies council can use to build this evidence base. 

 Download: Building the local picture   |  View  Building the local picture video


Policy and plans

Integrating food security into policy and planning is vital to ensure food security is firmly on the council agenda. This information sheet highlights the actions that local government can take to incorporate food security into policy and plans. 

 Download: Policy and plans   |  View Policy and plans video


Setting a good example

The information sheet describes how council can model ways of supporting healthy eating choices and raise the profile of healthy food access strategies through its own activities.

 Download: Setting a good example    |  View Setting a good example video


Regulatory and fiscal power

Local government can consider using its regulatory and fiscal powers to increase the supply of healthy food and decrease the supply of unhealthy food. The information sheet describes various ways that local government can use its local-level regulatory role.

 Download: Regulatory and fiscal power    |  View Regulatory and fiscal power video


Land use planning

Land use planning is one of the most challenging areas in which to embed food security thinking. Food for All identified that intensive consultation and awareness-raising to council planners of the link between land use planning and food security is essential. 

 Download: Land use planning    |  View Land use planning video


Healthy eating for residents  

This information sheet describes how local government, ideally in partnership with appropriate agencies, can assist residents in increasing their understanding of how to access and cook healthy meals.

 Download: Healthy eating for residents    |  View Healthy eating for residents video


Growing food locally

Local government can play a significant role in supporting gardening initiatives, and ensuring council and community actions are complementary.

 Download: Growing food locally   |  View Growing food locally video


Getting food and residents together

The councils participating in Food for All supported a number of strategies seeking to address hurdles to getting people to food and food to people. This information sheet identifies how local government can work in partnership to increase residents’ access to fresh foods.

 Download: Getting food and residents together   |  View Getting food and residents together video 



The Food for All program demonstrated that many barriers to food security stem from systems that local government cannot directly alter. This information sheet highlights the areas where local government can advocate on behalf of its residents to influence food insecurity.

 Download: Advocacy  |  View Advocacy video 

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