increased motivation to consume a well-balanced diet
The graduates also reported increased use of emergency relief as they had gained increased awareness of their dietary needs through the programme. These participants reported motivation to consume a well-balanced diet inclusive of fresh fruits and vegetables, which they believed they could not achieve without assistance from emergency food relief. All programme graduates reported changes to their cooking and eating habits. Most commonly reported changes related to meal patterns, takeaway and junk food consumption, preparation of home-cooked meals and increased fruit and vegetable consumption. Several 2011–2012 graduates indicated that they were now eating more than one meal per day due to increased interest and enjoyment of food, while for 2013 graduates the programme had reinvigorated their enthusiasm for preparing and enjoying freshly prepared meals at home.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
SecondBite (2013) is a non-profit food rescue organisation which facilitates the redistribution of surplus nutritious food and strives to prevent food insecurity by delivering food literacy programmes among ‘at-risk’ populations. FoodMate is an 8-week nutrition education programme designed to be facilitated within community agencies by trained staff members. SecondBite partners work with community agencies to integrate the FoodMate programme into existing case management services. The programme aims to address individual socio-cultural determinants of food insecurity by building participants’ nutrition and cooking knowledge and their capacity to source, prepare, enjoy and store healthy food. The FoodMate programme focuses on experiential and interactive learning. Each weekly 3-hour session involves interactive nutrition activities and games and the preparation of two nutritious budget-friendly meals centred on rescued fruit and vegetables.
8 weeks each year since the inception of the FoodMate Programe in 2011
2013 graduates (n = 4), 2011–2012 graduates (n = 10)
Programme graduates were between 19 and 24 years old.
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
Seven semi-structured interviews and two focus groups were conducted with a purposive sample of 10 past programme graduates and five youth service staff. Data were thematically analysed using a phenomenological lens.
Topics: Referral pathways into the programme and programme expectations; Previous and current food intake, cooking and budgeting behaviours; Post-programme referral pathways; Food security status; Programme components and improvements
Six of the 10 2011–2012 graduates agreed to take part in the study (60% response rate). Four refused or were no longer in contact with the youth agency and could not be located. All four of the 2013 graduates agreed to take part in the study (100% response rate) and all five eligible staff members who included one manager (100% response rate).
The study was conducted between March and September 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.