'Kere' in an Arrernte word meaning 'Food from animals'
Kere to Country, is an Aboriginal owned and operated food supply company located in Alice Springs offering large, quality meat packs to Aboriginal people living on remote communities in Central Australia, via a range of affordable payment plan options.
How it all began
On a trip home to Alice Springs in 2020, the team were astounded by the prices our fellow Australians in Aboriginal communities were paying for basic food and meat supplies. The food security crisis means Aboriginal families have been unable to afford essential food and products to keep their families healthy. The team felt a strong sense of responsibility to take action and contribute to this crisis.
How We Do It
Our team at Kere to Country work in partnership with Bully’s Meats (SA) to specialise in bulk beef and lamb packs and establish a sustainable and cost-effective way to supply fresh meat to Aboriginal communities.
Our meat packs have been created in consultation with communities and are tailored to feed a family of 4-6. We know that buying in bulk can be an initial strain financially, so we offer an interest free payment plan which allows them to access better quality meat and pricing.
We are striving to create the perfect combination of Aboriginal people, with local knowledge and understanding, serving a local solution and empowering communities.
• We are creating jobs for central Australian Aboriginal community members, with economic benefits filtering out into the local communities.
• We are substantially reducing meat costs for Aboriginal families, allowing them to spend the funds saved on other necessities, including other fresh food, groceries, medication, and homewares.
• We expect to see improvements to physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing for the whole community.
• We are providing choice and control for families and individuals.
• We want to improve learning and development for Aboriginal children in remote communities.
• We hope to decrease the numbers of community members with chronic long-term health outcomes.
• We will employ Aboriginal people into full time and/or part time work.
• We offer staff the opportunity for professional development and an increase in employable skills.
• We provide individuals with an increased capacity to care for their families through sustainable employment.
Jessica Wishart, CEO
Jessica is a proud Bidjara woman who grew up on Arrente country, Mparntwe. After living away, Jess relocated back to Alice Springs in 2020 after feeling compelled to make a difference to the food security issues faced by many Aboriginal families in the Northern Territory. An award-winning singer/songwriter, Jessica channels her passion for Aboriginal issues through both her music and her dedication to Kere to Country.
"Aboriginal people need to be supported and empowered to address our own issues, our way. Kere to Country is led by community, we are not here to make assumptions or just provide what we think is best, we are seeking feedback, and we are creating space for growth that is led by community demand"
Jordan Wishart is a proud Bidjara man who was raised on Arrernte country and is now returning to Alice Springs after spending 10 years in Adelaide completing his education. Jordan is very passionate about the health and well-being of our communities and has an in-depth understanding of community way of life. Jordan believes that access to affordable and quality food, should not be restricted by your location, especially when your living in your own community, or on your own homelands in your own country.
“The rest of the country is thriving on Aboriginal land, Aboriginal people are not. It’s time for change.”
Tommy is a proud Yamatji man who was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia on Kaurna Country. Tommy loves working with community and being a role model for younger generations, desiring to foster other Aboriginal businesses and provide future opportunities for training and employment.
“I’m passionate about what we do because I feel it plays a small part in enabling Aboriginal people spend more time on community. Therefore, more time learning important things like language, art and other cultural knowledge. I hope our kere can help bring families together more often and contribute to better health outcomes through better diet.”