Foodbank NT is meeting with Katherine organisations this morning to discuss its plans to better service the local area.
This would include a proposed new fortnightly service to the town in 2021 and potential future establishment of a Community Food Hub at FoodLadder Katherine in Second Street.
"The expansion of the Foodbank NT service to Katherine to a fortnightly run would be the precursor to the establishment of a Community Food Hub as we seek to support local NGO's, Not for Profit, schools and community groups that respond to people suffering from vulnerability and food insecurity in the region," the organisation said.
The not-for-profit Foodladder service was launched in Katherine in December last year.
"If you talk to all the agencies in Katherine, the number one thing they hand out is food vouchers," Food Ladder's horticulturalist Scott McDonald said at the time
"Access to food in this town is a big issue for people who don't have money."
The organisation relies on donated food from a number of places including interstate national donors through Foodbank Australia, local Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets and food drives and donations from the general public.
Foodladder is the Territory's largest food relief agency.
Currently Katherine schools and a growing number of Katherine NGO's and health organisations use the service.
Dried goods and grocery items are delivered monthly and fresh food is grown in Second Street.
The service promotes sustainable food growing practices that can be applied in remote communities.
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