Our Community Kitchen and Garden programs are run by our Community Nutritionist and Dietitian here at Tharawal.
The kitchen started because of the partnership between Sydney South West Area Health Services and Tharawal. After consultations about food and nutrition issues and the burden of nutrition related chronic diseases. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, the need for a program promoting good nutrition was identified.
Application for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing; Healthy Active Australia funding was put in and was successful – the Community kitchen would be funded for 18 months... Now that funding has run out Tharawal funds the program.
The community kitchen aims to promote good nutrition through sharing knowledge and skills, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and creating opportunities for community building through social support.
The kitchen was launched on the 4th of May 2009. Local community members get together for 4 hours every Mondays during school terms, to cook and share affordable nutritious meals. We also have weekly nutrition education sessions by the Community Nutritionist or guest speakers.
Community participants have their say in the ongoing planning and running of the programs – they choose what will be prepared and talked about at each session – Participants ownership.