The Food Justice Truck (FJT) provides asylum seekers with affordable, fresh produce-$80 worth of food for $20.
12,000+ asylum seekers live in Victoria, most below the poverty line, 70% experiencing food shortages. A healthy diet in Australia costs $130 per week. Many asylum seekers have no work rights, some receive payments equal to 89% of the Newstart allowance (leaving $10-$20 p/week for food), and some have no income at all.
Existing meals and food-bank programs ensure basic food security for 1400 ASRC members. The FJT aims to improve the food security of thousands of asylum seekers by running a mobile wholefood market that sells to the general public at market rates, and to asylum seekers at a 75% discount.