Families and food: Identifying and responding to food insecurity

Families and food: Identifying and responding to food insecurity

Sue Kleve, Sarah Pennell and Margaret Drivata
9 December 2020

This webinar will explore strategies for identifying and supporting food-insecure families in the context of COVID-19.

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9 December 2020 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
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Happy little girl holds a bag of apples while volunteering with her family in a community food bank.

To effectively address food insecurity, both small-scale practice responses that provide real time support and large-scale structural solutions that target root causes are needed. Child, family and community welfare organisations play an important role in both but particularly in identifying families that may be food insecure and linking them with supports.

This webinar will explore common causes of food insecurity and what works when identifying and responding to it. Building on a recent CFCA practice guide, it will:

  • Explore research evidence on the link between financial hardship and food insecurity
  • Share insights into the impact of COVID-19 on socio-economic status and food security
  • Consider what works in responding to food insecurity, particularly in a COVID-19 context
  • Identify practical strategies such as the use of screening questions for identifying food insecure families.

This event will be of interest to professionals working in child and family support, health, emergency relief and material aid, social services, local government and in rural and remote settings.

We encourage you to test your system before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions.


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About the presenters

Sue Kleve

Dr Sue Kleve is a Senior Lecturer (Public Health Nutrition) in the Nutrition Science and Dietetic programs  in the Dept of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food at Monash University. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who came to Monash with over 20 years experience working as a public health and community nutritionist. It was through this experience that she developed her interest in community and household food insecurity and led her to her PhD exploring the existence and experience of food insecurity in low-to middle income Melbourne households. Sue’s research focus continues in the area of the existence and experiences of food insecurity  and responses to prevent and pathways out of food insecurity.  She is the convenor of the Australian Household Food Security Research Collaboration, a member of Dietitians Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Sarah Pennell

Sarah joined Foodbank, the largest food relief organisation in Australia, in 2010 and since then has fulfilled a variety of roles as the organisation has evolved and grown. As well as now being responsible for business, finance and  governance, she oversees the research portfolio which includes the annual publication of the Foodbank Hunger Report. Sarah came to Foodbank from a long career in the food industry supporting and promoting farmers and their products, particularly dairy and horticulture. She started her working life as a newspaper reporter before moving to corporate communications. 

Margaret Drivata

Margaret is part of the Assessment and Response Team at Gippsland Lakes Complete Health focusing on Child First, Family Violence Outreach, and Intake. She is a social worker with post-graduate certification in Family Therapy and has 15 years’ experience in working with children and families, including working abroad in Child Protection Services and in managing an AOD prevention service, facilitating national prevention initiatives and annual professional development conferences. She has also worked within Family Services in Australia, providing parenting support in CALD communities.

Register for this free event

9 December 2020 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
Online
Register to attend