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VicHealth has launched the Food For All 2005-2010: Program Evaluation Report. The aim of the Food for all program, which began in 2005, was to address the large numbers of Victorians who did not have regular access to affordable, nutritious foods.
The five year Food for all program was designed to help local governments help their most disadvantaged citizens with access to a variety of nutritious foods, particularly fruit and vegetables. VicHealth funded nine councils to reduce the local infrastructure barriers to food security.
Findings from the report show the Food for all program had a positive, significant impact on local councils' awareness, operations and strategic direction around food security. It also provided valuable insights into the factors that help or hinder food security promotion through local governments.
The report highlighted three key challenges and recommendations for local governments: