FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security

FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security

The Food Fight

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Liverpool City Council and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre are inviting local community champions and food heroes to take part in a major artist-led project: ‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security’. The project takes a socially engaged approach to raising awareness and stimulating conversations about a hidden issue: food security and access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food for everyone in Liverpool and South Western Sydney. It will include a series of community engagement workshops and culminate in a major public event in Bigge Park, Liverpool, on Saturday 30 April (5-8pm).
The project, which is part of the MCA’s C3West program, is led by Sydney artists Diego Bonetto and Branch Nebula (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters), in collaboration with designer Genevieve Murray of Future Method Studio.
‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security’ has been developed in partnership with Liverpool City Council and builds on Council’s long standing commitment to facilitating equitable access to food. This has been demonstrated through initiatives such as the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub and the Bill Crews Charitable Trust food van. Council was a member of the Right to Food Coalition that organised the inaugural Right to Food Conference in October 2014.

The conference involved over 200 people including local and national policy makers, academics, health promoters and community development workers. The conference was successful in highlighting food insecurity at a national policy level.
“Council has played a crucial role in bringing our community partners together to address this issue locally,” said Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun. “These partnerships have been instrumental in servicing over 800 hot meals to disadvantaged community members through local free food services.”
Anne Loxley, Senior Curator for C3West at the MCA, explains: “C3West is based on the idea that contemporary artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery. We create contexts in which artists are placed at the core of projects that address social issues, and then work strategically with local communities, businesses and arts partners across Western Sydney to give these issues a voice.”

“When we started researching the FOOD FIGHT project and looking at data,” Loxley continues, “it was really sobering to realise that the issue of food security is in everyone’s backyard…

For instance, did you know that:  Nearly one million Australian kids go without breakfast or dinner every day  Two million Australians rely on food relief every year  Australians throw out one of every five shopping bags

Tony Gatt, Business Development Manager at Foodbank NSW, comments: “The issue of food security barely raises an eyebrow in our society. Yet it is an issue which continues to worsen, with the rise of the casualised labour force and the ‘working poor’ – people who have a job and a roof over their head, but who simply do not make enough money to feed their families adequately. In NSW alone, over 90,000 people rely on Foodbank’s emergency food relief each month.”

“This is why initiatives such as ‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security’ are so important: anything we can do collectively to break down the veil of ignorance about food security, build empathy and address the stigma associated with food relief is a step in the right direction,” he adds.
The event itself will take place in Bigge Park, Liverpool, on Saturday 30 April (5-8pm). It will include a night market with local and healthy food stalls, live cooking shows, a DJ set, soap box performances by ‘Food Warriors’, nutrition chats with roaming ‘Food Security Guards’ and a dramatic finale involving a short artist-choreographed food fight and a 100-seat al-fresco banquet designed by the artists and cooked by local food heroes from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds – giving policy makers, stakeholders, recipients of food relief and community champions a chance to engage in meaningful dialogue.
Artist Diego Bonetto, one of the creative minds behind this project, concludes: “Our aim with this FOOD FIGHT project is twofold: we want to create a fun and engaging event that serves as a wake-up call and conversation starter on a hidden issue; whilst also celebrating the community champions and everyday heroes who fight for food security in the local area, one meal at a time.”

One of the MCA’s key programs, C3West is based on the idea that artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery. C3West creates contexts in which artists work strategically with communities, businesses or non-arts government organisations, and arts partners across Greater Sydney. Since 2006 C3West has developed more than a dozen partnerships with companies and communities in Penrith, Liverpool, Goulburn, Blacktown and Hurstville.

C3West places contemporary artists at the core of these projects – giving voice to local issues and collaborating with the business sector in new ways. Our business partners work with us to define each project’s scope. Furthermore, the business partners’ knowledge of participating communities is of great value to the commissioned artists.

Register now at or contact us at or 02 9245 2466. #foodfightliverpool

The Future of Sydney’s Food Bowl

The Future of Sydney’s Food Bowl

The Sydney Food Bowl is slowly disappearing due to housing creep, increased pressure from supermarkets wanting ‘cheaper’ fruit & veg so encouraging ‘industrial’ large scale farming away from the city centres – food miles increase, natural resources are challenged, packaging increases, food security an issue as food supply centralises and only a few have control of it.

Local produce does not mean it is expensive. This is a misnoma. With lower food miles, less packaging, and the money you spend buying local produce it goes back into the local economy not sent overseas.

The farmer spends their money in their community. Buying machinery, paying their way.

We at Harvest Hub have for 7 years supported local growers as we are passionate about saving the Sydney Food Bowl.

We purchase seasonally around , sometimes more,80% local and the rest Australia wide.

The produce is supermarket price competitive, not stored and picked within 48 hours of delivery to your pick up point.

There are many many people working to keep our Food Bowl and so in turn our Food security. If we don’t maintain our local growers we run a grave risk of large industrial farming centralising food supply, control of it centralised and profits not staying in Australia. With Climate changing supporting local becomes imperative otherwise we will loose the ability to have an independent, clean and safe food supply.

Take a look at the UTS video made on

The Future of Sydney’s Food Bowl

Fruit & Veg Month Celebration

Fruit & Veg Month Celebration

September 2014 celebrated with Healthy Kids Association and Health NSW

Singing about seasonal fruits

Singing the ‘World Food Rap’

Beresford Road Public School

At Beresford Road Public School the Year 5 and 6 run the Harvest Hub each week doing a divvy of fruit, veg and groceries into Harvest Hub bags which their teachers and parents pick up every Tuesday from the school. This gives the children the opportunity to touch and get to know local seasonal produce. They also learn to work as a team and take

Doing the Divvy

Doing the Divvy

responsibility for the Hub. It provides endless conversation about sustainability and food security at the school and taking these conversations home. What a great way to inspire these children to become informed consumers!

Early Start

This week started with an early start 5am for Beresford Road Public School on Tuesday. Celebration F & V MonthWe were there to celebrate Fruit and Veg Month with Healthy Kids Association with whom Harvest Hub put Food Hubs into Primary Schools in order to encourage healthy eating.

Channel 9 Today Show

Channel 9 TODAY show came and filmed the children packing their Harvest Hub bags, kiwi and spoon race and over & under melon race. Steve Jacob’s was fabulous. Getting the message out about healthy food choices and access to mostly local food. Thanks to all the parents, children and teachers from Beresford Road Public School for participating and a big shout out to Jane from Harvest Hub for organising the event. Well done all.

Write up in the local paper

There was a great write up in the Parramatta Sun about the day.