The term “foodstuffs” is a catch-all term to describe a range of goods that are produced for or by a single business and include foods and beverages.
The Foodstuffs Market Alliance (FMAs) is a non-profit organisation that promotes the development of the industry.
The group says it has over 1,000 members and more than 30,000 supporters worldwide.
In 2017, the group signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Government, pledging to set up a foodstamps scheme and encourage the establishment of a network of local community groups, food banks and food banks.
The alliance is also looking to develop a new foodstamp program for the Northern Territory, as well as to establish a regional foodbank network in the Australian Capital Territory.
FMAs is also working with local councils in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland to develop and implement a local foodstamping network in these areas.
The network would also help communities meet the needs of those most at risk from the financial crisis.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of people looking for assistance to support themselves and their families, and this is why we have to have a strong local network of foodstills, so we can help them when they are in need of help,” FMAs general manager Pauline Mollison said.
The FMAs network is looking to expand nationally, in the Northern Territories and Queensland.
“Our goal is to reach out to communities in the northern territories and the northern Queensland region,” Mollisons said.
“This is a key part of the local food economy, and it will provide the local community with a great network of resources.”
FMAs aims to have the foodstuff network operational by the end of 2021.
“Foodstamps are a great opportunity for people to get on the food ladder, but it also means that they have access to more nutritious food and help them out when they need it,” Mollsons partner, Louise Mollinson, said.
FMAS hopes the community network can help those who are most at-risk from the current financial crisis, including those who can least afford it.
“The foodstuffed network will give a strong boost to communities across the country that are facing the pressures of unemployment and food insecurity,” Millsons said.
She said that many foodstocked people were facing a “financial crisis” and were struggling to survive.
“People who are at risk are people who are in extreme hardship,” Millons said, adding that they often find themselves in debt, struggling to pay their bills or living in temporary accommodation.
“For many of these people, food is a lifeline, and they rely on the help of other foodstayers to stay afloat,” Mellsons said on a conference call with journalists.