Food City: City of Melbourne Food Policy, Melbourne, Australia

City/Town/Village: Melbourne
County/Province/District (Name of): n/a
Sub-national State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Language: English
Spatial Distinction: Urban
Level of Government: Municipality
Population: 4,196,198
Population Range: 1 million - 4.99 million
Policy Type: Non-Binding Policies
Food Systems Sector(s): food acquisition, preparation and consumption; food and organic waste management; food production; food retail; food wholesale and distribution
Year of Adoption: 2012
Adopting Government Department(s): City Council of Melbourne
Lead Implementing Entity: Implementation actions and entities will be determined later in an action plan
Supporting Entity: n/a
Additional Supporting Entity: n/a
Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Links: PDF-Original – Web
Link to Additional Resources: Resource 1
Policy Outcome:

The city of Melbourne's food policy is an effort to reestablish the city's commitment to a culture of diverse, healthy, and quality foods. Endorsed by the Melbourne City Council in 2012, this policy is meant to provide guidelines for the community to resolve challenges of food insecurity and inaccessibility. These goals include: 1) establishing food security within the community; 2) increasing access to healthy foods, 3) encouraging sustainability in food practices, 4) promoting local food sectors and local food purchasing; and 5) cultivating an environment in the city such that food is celebrated. Citing statistical data relevant to the city, such as how 95% of adults do not consume enough vegetables, and that one in three city dwellers rely on fast food, the policy aims to combat all of these individual challenges through multiple action plans. These plans implemented in the community level will be periodically reviewed by the city council and its results will be recorded. Since the endorsement of the policy, the city of Melbourne has released a 'Community Food Guide,' which has information on 119 food access programs and services within the city and surrounding suburbs, including food assistance, community gardens and kitchens, cooking classes, and food swaps.

Policy Keywords: buy local; food access; food policy; food security; health; healthy food; local food; local food economy; sustainability