Food insecurity is a growing concern for many vulnerable groups in the community, asylum seekers in particular are impacted by this issue, due to the prohibition on work and reduced access to government financial assistance. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) has developed a social enterprise initiative that seeks to tackle this problem.
The Food Justice Truck is the world's first retail model that supports people seeking asylum, not profits. An award-winning, mobile fresh food market, the truck will operate central to these communities and offer ethically sourced and locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes and bread both to the general public at market rates, and to asylum seekers at a 75% discount.
The Food Justice Truck will be officially launched on Wednesday, 12 August from 11am to 1pm at City Square, Melbourne and all are welcome to attend, register here.
The event will be opened by Food Justice Truck pioneer, Patrick Lawrence and features presentations by founder of Carman's Fine Foods and ASRC Ambasador, Carolyn Creswell and Mayor of Maribyrnong, Cr Nam Quach.
Everyone is welcome to buy the quality, fresh and locally sourced produce on offer from the Food Justice Truck. By doing so you will be supporting local producers and supporting the ASRC to re-invest profits into the provision of fresh food for asylum seekers at a price that they can afford.