AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO FOOD SECURITY
FOUNDATION FOOD HAS ADAPTED AND INNOVATED THE TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY STORE MODEL FOR A REMOTE AUSTRALIAN CONTEXT.
A NOT FOR PROFIT SUPERMARKET
Put simply our model is a not-for-profit supermarket that is stocked using products sourced at low or no cost from partner suppliers, allowing the cost saving to be passed along to community members who may not otherwise be able to afford sufficient quantities of groceries.
We have drawn on the principles of social supermarkets and cooperatives to create a model uniquely designed for a remote Australian context.
Membership is offered to local community members and their visiting family.
The populations of the communities we anticipate Foundation Food working in are predominantly Aboriginal and data shows that a high proportion of these community members experience food stress and insecurity.
This approach to membership allows those who most need it access to low cost groceries, without requiring them to ‘demonstrate poverty’ (an inherently shaming process) in order to access the store’s discounts.
The model is culturally considered in that it also easily accommodates extended kinship links and cultural travel practices.