About Community Foodies
What is Community Foodies?
Community Foodies is a state-wide program that aims to promote and support healthy eating in the community by building the capacity of communities to make healthy food choices. This is done by building the capacity of community members to promote and support healthy eating in their own community through training that develops their skills and knowledge in group work, leadership, and key nutrition messages. Known as Foodies, these trained volunteers are supported by health professionals to work with people and organisations in the community to promote and support healthy eating.
What do Foodies do?
Foodies support groups in the community to make healthy food choices through healthy eating activities and programs that they run with them such as hands-on cooking classes, supermarket tours, menu planning, cooking demonstrations, label reading, and edible gardens. Foodies may do this in pre-schools, schools, community centres, supermarkets, and workplaces - almost anywhere they can promote and support healthy eating in their local communities! To find out more about what Foodies do, watch the 7 Ways Project Videos, read the latest Community Foodies newsletter or download the Community Foodies brochure.
How the Community Foodies program started
The Community Foodies program began in 2001 at Noarlunga in the south of Adelaide when local members of the community wanted to learn more about healthy eating and nutrition and then share that knowledge with their community. In 2003 the Community Foodies program was funded by SA Health as a three year pilot project and by the end of this time Foodies were trained and supported to promote healthy eating in the community in four sites across metropolitan and rural South Australia. In 2006 the Community Foodies program was funded by SA Health for three years as a priority program and by the end of this time had grown to 18 sites across rural and metropolitan South Australia.
The Community Foodies program today
The Community Foodies program continues to be funded by SA Health as a priority program and as of January 2011, 267 registered Foodies are supported by 62 program workers and many support workers. This work is done in colloaboration with 107 local partner agencies to implement engaging and accessible community-based programs and activities at 21 sites across rural and metropolitan South Australia. Each site has its own identified priorities and its own strategies for addressing them, but they all align under the banner of the Community Foodies program.
Supporting the coordination of the whole Community Foodies program across South Australia is the Community Foodies State Team. The State Team provides support to and develops resources for sites to use in their work, provides training for program workers, and coordinates the state-wide evaluation of the program.
Want to Know More? For further information about the Community Foodies Project, please contact us via the Further Information Form.