Food security is a critical issue for many First Peoples with disabilities in Australia. These individuals face significant barriers to accessing healthy and nutritious food, which can have serious consequences for their health and well-being.
According to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, First Peoples with disabilities are more likely to experience food insecurity than the general population. This is due to a range of factors, including poverty, limited access to transportation, and discrimination.
For many First Peoples with disabilities, food insecurity can lead to a range of health problems, including malnutrition, obesity, and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It can also exacerbate existing health conditions and make it more difficult to manage them effectively.
To address this issue, it is important to understand the unique challenges faced by First Peoples with disabilities in accessing healthy and nutritious food. This includes addressing the social and economic factors that contribute to food insecurity, such as poverty and discrimination, as well as the physical barriers to accessing food, such as limited transportation options and inaccessible food outlets.
One approach to addressing food insecurity among First Peoples with disabilities is to support local food systems that are culturally appropriate and accessible. This can include community gardens, farmers markets, and other initiatives that promote local food production and distribution.
Another approach is to provide targeted support to First Peoples with disabilities who are experiencing food insecurity. This can include financial assistance, transportation services, and other forms of support that help individuals access healthy and nutritious food.
Ultimately, addressing food insecurity among First Peoples with disabilities requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach that involves government, community organisations, and individuals themselves. By working together to promote food security, we can help ensure that all First Peoples with disabilities have access to the healthy and nutritious food they need to thrive.
Here is a small list of organisations you can support right now:
Sydney Food Pantry, NSW,
Drop your donations at 24 Wright St, Hurstville NSW 2220 or 2 Stanley St & Balmain Rd Leichhardt NSW 2040.
Addi Road Food Pantry, NSW
Drop off your food at Addi Road Food Pantry Building 1, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.
The Rev Bill Crews Foundation, NSW
Donate online here https://www.billcrews.org/donate/
Empowering Australia, VIC
Mornington Community Support Centre, VIC
Visit https://www.mcsc.au/donate to see the different donation options.
Donate or volunteer here https://www.fareshare.net.au/donate-vic/
Food Assist Towwomba, QLD
Visit https://www.foodassist.com.au/donate-food to see how you can get involved.
Angels Community Group, QLD
Goods can be dropped off at 45a Walla Street, Monday-Friday 8am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-2pm.
ADRA Community Centre, QLD
Visit https://www.adra.org.au/donate/ to donate.
Communities At Work, ACT
Donate food and other groceries to several drop-off points. Find your closest donation centre here https://www.commsatwork.org/get-involved/donate-essentials/
Canberra City Care, ACT
You can make a financial contribution online at https://www.canberracitycare.org/donate.html
Gordon Community Centre, ACT
Pathway Community Centre, SA
Donate online at https://pathway.clovie.com.au/
Heart & Soul Group, SA
The Pantry, WA
Donate online at https://thepantrywa.com.au/
Margaret Court Community Outreach, WA
Donate food or clothing and drop off at 14a Neil Street, Osborne Park
WA 6017. Other locations found here: https://www.mcco.org.au/make-a-donation
Dreambuilders Care, WA
Donate online at https://www.dreambuilderscare.org.au/donate
Food Rescue, WA
Donate or volunteer https://unitingwa.org.au/get-involved/donate/
Baptist Care NT Food For Life, NT
BCNT accepts cash donations at https://bcnt.org.au/donate-to-bcnt/
Shelter Me, NT
Find out more here https://www.shelterme.org.au/
Hobart City Mission, TAS
Donate goods, services or volunteer at https://hobartcitymission.org.au/donate-goods/
Waterbridge Food Co-op, TAS
Visit https://www.waterbridgefood.com.au/ for more information.
Wyndarra Community & Resource Centre, TAS
Volunteer your time or donate https://www.wyndarra.org.au/services/