Food Affordability Research in Drouin shows promising trends

The WGHG Health Promotion Team and Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership (CWGPCP) recently completed the Drouin Food Security Project.The project identified whether residents in Drouin were ‘food secure’, meaning they are able to access and afford healthy food in their local area.

163 Drouin residents were surveyed in 2012 and again in 2014 about their ability to access affordable food in Drouin. Surveys were distributed through local shops, medical clinics and local schools. A chance to win a food voucher was on offer to those that completed the survey.

Since 2012 a number of community activities such as the delivery of FOODcents program, Second Bite Food Rescue and support of community gardening in the Drouin caravan park have been undertaken to help improve access to healthy and affordable food. The project results show that food security of the majority of people surveyed in Drouin has improved. Yet Drouin residents on a healthcare card or pension card showed no improvement from 2012 to 2014.

WGHG and CWGPCP will continue to work with community groups to make healthy food more affordable and available to all. The aim is for all residents in Drouin to be rated as ‘food secure’ by June 2017. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is one easy way to improve your own food security.