OPAL has been working over several years in partnership with Foodbank and Uniting Care Wesley Bowden (Community Foodies) to increase healthy choices at the Bowden Foodbank outlet. The project team has explored a range of strategies to make healthier choices more accessible through policy, training, promotion, and resources.
The project started with the training of Foodbank volunteers by OPAL and Council’s environmental health staff. The training included food safety and basic nutrition, adapted from core topics covered in the training of Community Foodies.
The pricing system at Foodbank encourages the use of whatever fresh vegetables and fruit are available. Over the course of this project the layout of the Foodbank outlet has been updated to maximise visibility and appeal of healthier choices.
The recipes were developed by a group of volunteers from Foodbank and Community Foodies who worked alongside OPAL. The recipes were designed to require only minimal cooking equipment- many can be produced using basic kitchenette facilities. They feature ingredients regularly available at Foodbank, therefore do not include a wide variety of herbs , spices or fresh produce, however they are easily adapted to use up whatever you have on hand from your garden, fridge or pantry!.
Many thanks to Council’s photographer and graphic designer who brought these recipes to life in such an easy-read format. We encourage local families, community groups and schools give them a try and let us know what you think!
In this section we have pulled together some of the most popular recipes that have been used by OPAL staff from a range of Councils across SA.