The Geelong Food Assistance Network's (GFAN) primary purpose is to provide coordination of a regional approach to meet the needs of those experiencing food insecurity because of economic circumstances in the Greater Geelong Region.
This network has a leadership group representing the major agencies and organisations and a general membership group made up of organisations and agencies dealing with persons in need of food assistance.
Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active healthy life. (Food and Agriculture Oganisation of the United Nations Rome Declaration, 1996)
Food Assistance refers to the set of instruments used to address the food needs of vulnerable people. The instruments generally include in kind food donation, vouchers and cash transfers. (Adapted from WFP 2009e) The accepted definition was adapted from the World Trade Programe Definition.
Food Assistance Programs are defined as any intervention to address hunger and under nutrition. (for example: food stamps, food subsidies, food price stabilisation).