We’ve been focusing on two areas in the last two months; our API functionality for customer data and our Pulse Check, which will help us to gain a better understanding of the community food enterprise sector in Australia, and how they can be supported. Our customer API is technically finished, we are working with several food hubs at the moment to test new functionality and make sure it is ready for use by our general customer base. This will enable new functionality like the ability for hubs and producers using the Open Food Network to create vouchers.
We want to ensure that the work that we are doing is making the maximum positive impact for community food enterprises around Australia, and in order to do this, we first need to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by community food enterprises. That’s where our community food enterprise pulse check comes in. We are hoping to receive responses from as many different food hubs, co-ops, buying groups, farmers and producers and other community food enterprises as possible and will be turning the findings into a report which will improve how support is delivered to the sector, and unlock funding opportunities. We’re also hoping to run the pulse check on a recurring basis so that we can understand how the needs of community food enterprises change over time. The pulse check will be open until the end of August and can be completed here.