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Setting up a Food Co-operative

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by .


This brief paper is designed to give practical information to schools and community organisations about food co-operatives. It outlines options for setting up and running food co-operatives and describes five successful models.

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Ways community organisations can provide healthy food

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by .


Practical ways community organisations can provide healthy food

This information sheet is designed to provide ideas to community organisations on how to provide healthy food and drinks.   Community organisations often work with people on low incomes.   Research shows that people on low incomes generally eat less healthy diets and suffer more diet-related diseases than the rest of the Australian population.   Even if food is only a small part of what your service does, it can contribute to the health and wellbeing of staff and clients.

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Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices Guidelines for all Council managed food services

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by .


Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices Guidelines for all Council managed food services
A partnership between Blue Mountains City Council  and Sydney West Area health Services

Blue Mountains City Council recognises the importance of healthy and sustainable food to the general health and wellbeing of the community and the environment

A partnership between Blue Mountains City Council and Sydney West Area Health Service was formed to develop these food guidelines which cover council operated food services and are a response to the community endorsed City Vision and Map for Action 2000- 2025: Towards a more sustainable Blue Mountains, which includes the following outcomes:

The health and wellbeing of Blue Mountains people is improved;

Blue Mountains people live sustainably in harmony with the environment.

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Kempsey – Food and related infrastructure maps; a collaboration

Posted on 28. Nov, 2012 by .



A collaboration between Australian Red Cross, Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Program (University of Newcastle and Durri ACMS) and Kempsey Shire Council has produced a series of interactive web-based maps of Kempsey and the Kempsey Local Government Area. These maps provide detailed snapshots of existing community infrastructures overlaid on SEIFA areas.

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The maps are available from Kempsey Shire Council website

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Taste Food Tours in South West Sydney Creating employment and training in social enterprise

Posted on 24. Jun, 2012 by .


Food lovers looking for a taste of Sydney’s hidden secrets are in for a treat, with The Benevolent
Society Taste Food Tours.

Taste Food Tours are not your typical food tour, but a social enterprise designed to strengthen
community connections, bridge cultural divides and develop local employment and training

The tours shine a light on some of South West Sydney’s hidden food treasures, with the added bonus
of having a real social benefit.

All tours are led by local guides, giving visitors some real inside knowledge of local hidden gems,
giving residents an opportunity to gain qualifications and local employment and giving the region’s
businesses a bit of a boost at the same time.
Tours are offered in nine locations throughout South Western Sydney:

Bankstown, Greenacre, Panania, Fairfield, Bonnyrigg, Campsie, Lakemba, Belmore Strathfield

A typical walking tour takes 4 hours, costs $80.00 and includes in store tastings, a sit down lunch and
a shopping bag to fill to bursting with goodies you collect along the way.

All profits are reinvested into community-building projects, so by celebrating with a Taste Food Tour
you’ll not only have a unique peek at some of Sydney’s best food, you’ll also be supporting the
broader community.

CustomTaste Food Tours can be developed for groups larger than eight, for anything from corporate
team building functions to groups of friends who are after a cultural experience tailored to their
interests and budget.

Local guides run walking tours, cooking classes and progressive dinners that show off the best places
in the local area to eat and shop for authentic food from around the world.

Taste Food Tours cater for groups on anything from a walking tour, to a hands-on cooking class, to a
progressive lunch or dinner with entertainment.
Gift vouchers are also available – a great gift for foodies with a taste for adventure.

Visit or call Zizi on 9707 0802 for more information

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Organic Garden Promotes Health

Posted on 10. Jun, 2012 by .


Article from the Liverpool Champion:

Organic gardening promotes health

20 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM

TO HELP the Miller community become more self-sustainable and ensure the security of its food, The Hub has started an ambitious but thriving community garden project.

The project will run in eight-week instalments until October and will teach residents how to plant and manage organic gardens to grow vegetables and herbs that are not only delicious but also have medicinal value.

Miller Hub health promotion officer Andrew Reid said herbs like basil, parsley, chilli, mint and oregano had already been planted.

“We’ve planted things that people use every day in their cooking,” he said. “This is to encourage people to be more conscious of nutrition as well as sustainable living.

“Food security and nutrition are big issues that already exist in Western Sydney. This program gives people practical lessons and information they can use at home.”

Mr Reid said the project taught people how to grow their own vegetables at low cost, that were low maintenance, in a small area.

“This is a capacity building program that encourages community strength,” he said. “Part of managing good health is to address health problems.

“We’re addressing issues of social isolation and food insecurity, as well as teaching residents to develop a skill so that they don’t have to buy as many groceries and compete with a low income to make ends meet.”

The free project is open to all and runs 10am-2pm every Friday. Join at any time.

Details: The Hub,


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Benevolent Society introduces new mobile kitchen

Posted on 02. Jun, 2012 by .


A 6.5 tonne shipping container that converts into a mobile kitchen is being used to break down cultural barriers and increase community cohesion in south west Sydney. The kitchen is the first of its kind in Australia.


The Benevolent Society’s “Taste Mobile Kitchen” will be based at Banksia Road Public School in Greenacre, where it will be used to teach kids to cook produce that they’ve grown in their own school garden.


Manager of Growing Communities Together, Cathy Quinn explains that students and their families will learn how to prepare simple, healthy and affordable meals. “Good nutrition is so important for these kids and their families, but the Taste Mobile Kitchen goes further than that and bridges cultural divides. We take one ingredient, such as a vegetable, herb or spice, and show kids how its used in a variety of different cultures.”


The reason for making the kitchen mobile is that it opens up opportunities for it to be used elsewhere. When it’s not being used by Banksia Road Public School the Taste Mobile Kitchen will be available for hire, with the income generating funding for community initiatives and subsidising the cooking classes at the school. “We’ve designed the kitchen so it can neatly fold into a shipping container and be transported to events like festivals and food fairs,” explains Cathy.


The mobile kitchen has already made its successful debut at the Campsie Food Festival in June 2012, and its next outing will be at the Bankstown Bites Food Festival on Saturday, 14 July.


For information please call Zizi Charida on 9707 0802

or visit


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