Students Rachel Nes and Tyla Cousins are in the Clare Valley for the next nine weeks,bringing their research project ‘Food forThought’ to the region.
The pair are currently in their fourth and final year of Occupational Therapy at UniSA.
Yesterday the two students were at Ennis Park, serving free, nutritious pumpkin soup and bread to anyone keen for a chat.
“Food forThought is a community project looking at the accessibility and affordability of food in the Clare Valley region,” Tyla said.
“Being out and serving the soup today was a chance to let the community know what we’re doing, start identifying issuesand talk to peopleabout what they think the community needs.”
“We did research before coming out to the Clare Valley and we know organisations like theClare Valley Christian Outreachand Uniting Care Wesley see a high demand for emergency assistance”
“People lack the budgeting skills and/or the knowledge about preparing healthy and cheap food.”
Although the project is in the early stages, thestudents say they’ve already received some interesting feedback and ideas from people in the region.
“People are interested in practical cooking classes, learning how to make healthy and cheap food that can be stretched out” Rachel said.
“They’re also interested in the possibility of a food bank.”
Over the next week the pair will be attending meetingswith various organisations from the region -including the Red Cross, Clare Valley Christian Outreach and Uniting Care Wesley –to discuss sustainable and lasting ways to solve the challenges of food affordability.
“We’re only here in the Clare Valley for nine weeks, so any solution we come up with we want to make sure it can be ongoing,” Tyla said.
The students are facilitating the project through theClare Valley Children’s Centre and hope the project can include youth in the region.
In an effort to build rapport in the community, the girls will be taking part in a play groupand inter-school walkathon.
“The project is focused on ensuring everyone in the community has access to a good supply of healthy and nutritious food even when times are tough,” they said.
“In order to achieve what we’re doing, we need to know what the community thinks –we want to hear their ideas.”
You can get in touch with Rachel and Tyla by emailing them at [email protected]老域名出售, or you can call them at the Clare Valley Children’s Centre on 8842 2483.
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