Become Involved in SA Community Foodies
As a Foodie
The Foodie Job Description
The role of a volunteer Community Foodie is summarized as:
Leading the community through example, by modeling healthy eating and a willingness to learn and develop skills to support your community to make healthy eating an easy choice.
Working with the foodie coordinator to source quality nutrition programs that meet the needs of the community
Deliver simple, easy to understand messages and practical skills to support healthy eating at a community level
To become a Foodie, you need to undertake 24 hours of training – generally one four hour session each week, for six weeks. The training is free of charge, and delivered by a Foodie Coordinator. The training covers:
A social view of health (taking a broad view of what makes us healthy - for example, having a house and enough money also affects our health)
Basic nutrition with a focus on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
Group work and presentation skills
Planning and evaluation skills
An opportunity for all Foodies to practice a presentation they would like to give in the community
Once Foodies have completed their training they are registered as volunteers of UCWB (metro), UCWCSA (Northern Country) or ac.care (Southern Country) and work in partnership with workers from the setting/site they are working in and/or other Foodies to promote healthy eating in the community. Foodies may be partnered with ‘Buddies’, who act as a mentor for the Foodie. Foodie Coordinators and buddies provide advice and assistance around implementing and planning Foodie activities and programs, and can also support through debriefing Foodies about their experiences. Buddies can be a more experienced foodie or other professionals from the local agencies partnered with the program.
Benefits to Foodies
Foodies can undertake further training with TAFE after completing Community Foodies Training. Skills gained through Foodie training and activity with the community have also contributed to some Foodies gaining employment in health care sectors, schools and other settings.
Other benefits to being a Community Foodie, as reported by Foodies, include:
Improvement in general health status
Increase in nutritional knowledge
Improvement in cooking skills
Improvement of teaching skills
Increased quality of life
Want to Know More?
To find out about Community Foodies in your local area- see the Contact Us page.
As a Partner
Partnerships are critical to the success of the SA Community Foodies program and partners in the project across South Australia collaborate in many ways. Examples include:
- Funding support
- Staff offering support to the Foodies
- Staff assisting in Foodie training
- Provision of venues where the Foodies can work
- Provision of equipment and food ingredients
Partners for the State-wide Program:
- Examples of local partners include local government/councils, Community Houses,
Program Outcomes for Organisations
Previous evaluation of outcomes for organizations involved in program has shown the following outcomes:
- 44% reported an increase in the number of nutrition programs offered
- 32% reported the numbers for their nutrition programs had increased as a result of the Foodies program
- 32% had changed their nutrition policies or practices
Want to become a partner?
Contact the State-wide Leader of the SA Community Foodies Program