The idea of people living in poverty in a wealthy country is sometimes hard to relate with. Yet in South Australia there are nearly 58,000 people relying on food relief services every month, with an alarming one third being children. They struggle to make ends meet and sometimes can’t afford to pay for the most basic services like gas, electricity and even food. For low-income families in Adelaide, healthy foods can amount to up to a third of their weekly income. With prices rising, healthy eating becomes a tough choice.
To strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship, Foodbank South Australia, the South Australian Council of Social Services and Community Centres South Australia organised a joint initiative to challenge Community Centres across the State on creating healthy meals out of a Foodbank SA Hamper.
“Community Centres are at the core of our client groups and for us is paramount that their clients have access to the healthiest foods possible” says Greg Pattinson, Foodbank SA CEO.
There are 20 Community Centres already taking part on the Simply Healthy Recipe Challenge. Each centre received a free Foodbank SA hamper. They were encouraged to promote their own events to create healthy recipes out of the ingredients of the hamper. The centres then wrote their best recipes to be nominated on a collaborative cookbook that will be published to commemorate the challenge.
The free Foodbank SA hampers contains all sorts of core staple products that everyone should have in their pantries. Fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables can be added to the recipes with no limitations.
“Community Centres bring people together to increase awareness about issues affecting their community, share experiences, learn new skills and build community resilience. This challenge brings this together at the local level” Says Gill McFadyen CEO from Community Centres SA
This Recipe Challenge is part of Anti-Poverty Week, a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship. The nomination ceremonies to acknowledge the Community Centres will happen during the week, between 12-18 October. The UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day is Thursday 17 October. Interest has been growing steadily in Australia in recent years and activities such as public lectures, workshops, conferences, debates, concerts, displays, sports days, media briefings and other events have been organised.
SACOSS Executive Director, Ross Womersley said “I suspect most of us that are doing ok, who have a reasonable income and can afford to get most of the things we need, go through our lives not thinking much about what it would be like if didn’t have the cash to pay for the things we needed. We know food and particularly healthy food is an essential and can be expensive. It can often feel out of reach for anyone on a low income”
“The great thing about a competition like this is that it not only invites us to be a bit more thoughtful, it also gets the creative juices flowing as we seek to make healthy meals from the basics, it builds community participation and we all potentially benefit from a bit of inspiration when we get to see the most successful recipes that emerge from the competition.”
‘Anti Poverty Week 2014 - "Simply Healthy Recipe Challenge"’ is supported by the Government of South Australia through Community Benefit SA”.
For any media enquiries, interview opportunities or images, contact Foodbank:
Raquel Almeida | Marketing & Events Manager
[email protected] / 08 8351 1136 / 0422 145 680
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