2014 Nutrition Charity Grant Recipients

 

Australian Nutrition Foundation (QLD DIV)

is the fiscal agent for NAQ Nutrition, which runs the "I'll Have a Rainbow for Dinner for a Healthy Me" program. The grant will support this program for Queensland school children, who will be able to increase their food literacy and nutritional intake through fun, innovative workshops and activities based on the "I'm Having a Rainbow for Dinner" storybook.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

supports children aged 8 to 18, who are young carers of family members with mental illness. The grant will support the Mission Nutrition Program, which provides nutritional education to disadvantaged youths, giving children living in families with mental illness the tools to create and control their future nutrition and development into healthy adults.

Bridgewater Police and Citizens Youth Club

provides multiple services to the high-needs residents of the most disadvantaged Council area in Tasmania. The grant will support Nutri-Tools,, a holistic nutritional, health project targeting high-needs groups The project includes cooking classes, the provision of healthy meals and drinks to needy families and 'at risk' youth together with nutrition education.

Brite Services

is an Australian Disability Enterprise that provides a supported employment service, training and education for people with a disability. The grant will support the Garden Kitchen and Sustainable Gardening Program, which provides knowledge about healthy, nutritious eating through cooking and gardening to people with an intellectual disability.

Communities@Work

delivers a wide range of services of social value and practical benefit to more than 20,000 people annually, including children’s and seniors’ services, disability and mental health services, social programs and other special programs. The grant will support enhanced infrastructure for the packaging and distribution of food and the purchase of a suitable database for the Yellow Van and Care&Share social programs.

Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia

seeks to support individuals with CF and their families through the provision of counselling, recreation, information and home support services. The grant will support CF Food, a comprehensive nutrition program designed to educate the CF community about the dietary requirements of people with CF and the detrimental implications of poor nutrition on their health, and also addresses the complex and changing needs of an ageing CF population.

Diabetes ACT

is a provider of diabetes self-management equipment and high quality, best-practice diabetes information and support services in Canberra. The grant will support the Does Your Trolley Measure Up? Program, which adapts the concept of in-store nutrition education to current grocery purchase patterns and pilot sessions to assist consumers to make informed decisions about healthier alternatives.

Fair Game

provides health and nutrition promotion by providing recycled sports equipment, education and inspiration to under-serviced communities. The grant will support Healthy Bellies, the newest component to Fair Game’s Healthy Communities Program, which focuses on increasing awareness and knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition among vulnerable Western Australian communities through interactive cooking, educational games and the provision of healthy food.

FareShare

rescues food from farmers, supermarkets and businesses that would otherwise be wasted and its volunteers cooks 20,000 nutritious meals a week for people who can’t afford three healthy meals a day. The grant will increase the number of charities to which FareShare provides a free, customised catering service, and will feed many more people in need.

Foodbank Northern Territory

is the largest food relief organisation in the Northern Territory. The grant will support the School Breakfast Pilot Program, which will provide free, highly nutritious food in 15 Northern Territory schools over a 12-month period and facilitate nutrition education in school communities.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

focuses on enabling communities to build their social capital and economic resilience by engaging and providing resources for projects that create the change that communities aspire to achieve. The grant will support the Fresh Food for Rural, Regional & Remote Australia Program which aims to increase fresh food production, accessibility, education, and consumption, through community & school gardens, integrated town agriculture and small scale local farmers and market gardens.

Gunawirra Limited

seeks to create fundamental improvements in the lives of Aboriginal families, especially infants and children from pregnancy to five years of age. The grant will support the Big Ideas Nutrition Program which provides nutritional education and development for Aboriginal children in preschools all over NSW through initiatives including breakfasts, gardens, lunch box programs, nutritionist visits and cultural education.

Multiple Sclerosis Limited

provides services including health & wellness and education programs, accommodation/respite care, equipment, minor home modifications, therapy and employment advice for those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The grant will support the Eat Well and Live Well with Multiple Sclerosis Program which educates people with multiple sclerosis about good nutrition and will include the engagement of a qualified nutritionist/dietician to work with MSL health professionals.

Ohana For Youth

seeks to ensure the positive educational, social and personal development of disadvantaged and marginalised youth on the Gold Coast. The grant will support HEART, a new, healthy eating and recreational program for youngsters aged 14 to 18 years that encourages the development of nutritional life skills and positive health sustainability.

Port Kembla Community Project

works with and within the community to create and implement projects, that involve access and equity, social action and community spirit. The grant will support the Green Connect: Growing Change program that will pilot a model to improve nutrition and food security at Warrawong High School using an existing urban farm and outdoor kitchen.

Save the Children Australia

is a community development organisation working to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people reach their full potential. The grant will support the Breakfast Program, as part of The Ceduna School Attendance Program (SAP), which seeks to overcome barriers preventing Aboriginal children from regularly attending school and will include the engagement of a youth worker to increase the level of support for 10 - 15 year olds in middle school.

SecondBite

exists to ensure access to nutritious fresh food for people in need across Australia by rescuing and redistributing high quality surplus fresh food, building community capacity in food skills and nutrition, and advocating for an end to food insecurity. The grant will support SecondBite’s Fresh Nutrition Education (Fresh NED), a program for staff and volunteers from Community Food Programs to improve the food security of vulnerable Australians. The program builds the nutritional content of food programs for people in need by supporting them to achieve food independence.

St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia

seeks to alleviate the needs of people experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation within the community. This grant will support the expansion and improvement of the Fred’s Van service in the Spencer Gulf region. Fred’s Van provides free, warm, nutritious meals every Sunday night from its Port Pirie base. Funds will be used to purchase food and equipment.

The Good Foundation

is an independent health promotion charity established in response to a growing list of health problems caused by poor diet and lack of food knowledge. The grant will support a Jamie’s Ministry of Food Indigenous Pilot Program, which focuses on nutrition education directly supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are more at risk of developing diet-related disease than other Australians.

The Social Studio (TSS)

uses fashion, retail and hospitality as a vehicle to improve the lives of Australians who come from refugee backgrounds by creating pathways to employment and further education. The grant will support Healthy Habits, a pilot project that will develop healthy eating practices among youth from migrant and refugee backgrounds and provide nutrition based practical workshops to 35 youth and 35+ parents from newly arrived refugee communities.

Very Special Kids

cares for children with life-threatening conditions and provides professional support services to their families. It operates a children’s hospice that offers planned and emergency respite with high-level clinical care 24 hours a day, as well as end-of-life care. All services are free-of-charge. The grant will support the Food Provision Program, which ensures nutritious meals for the children during their stay at the hospice and will also cover the cost to upgrading the kitchen to meet current health and food safety standards.

Victorian YMCA Youth & Community Services, Inc. (YMCA)

delivers programs and services to numerous locations including, student accommodation, community recreation facilities, swimming pools, childcare and early education, youth services & youth justice facilities. The grant will support the Healthy Choices program, which focuses on enabling consumers to make informed choices about food through promotion and education, employing a simple traffic light system to categorise food: green – best choices, amber – choose carefully, red – limit.