Telethon’s Support Powers Impact on Child Health
The ambitious goal of ending child hunger in Western Australia by 2030 has taken a huge stride forward, thanks to the invaluable support of Telethon.
With Telethon’s generous funding, Foodbank WA has successfully delivered 48 transformative child health programs this year through an initiative that is an Australian first. At the heart of this collaborative effort, the Food Sensations® for Children program has proven effective in improving food literacy, parenting feeding practices and vegetable consumption among parents of 0 to 5-year-olds in vulnerable communities.
By empowering parents of young children with increased knowledge, skills, and confidence to plan, prepare and eat nutritious and budget-friendly meals, the program is helping families foster lifelong healthy eating habits and change the trajectory of child health.
“I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make sure that our kids eat certain foods and eat their entire meal. And this course has just really taught me that you don’t have to do that,” shared Emma Pakay, a participating parent. “It’s just been nice to know that other mums have experienced similar issues that I have. I’ve gotten great tips for different dinners from other mums as well.“
The program has helped 450 families from Geraldton to Albany to date, but the funding’s impact goes beyond the kitchen. With the rising cost of living, accessing healthy, nutritious food has become the challenge, with more than half of families experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity in 2022 according to the Foodbank Hunger Report.
To combat this, Telethon also supports Foodbank WA’s expanded School Breakfast Program, that today is working with over 500 schools to make it the largest network the state has seen since the Department of Education started funding the program in 2000.
Reaching more than 22,600 children and serving 74,900 breakfasts and 24,800 emergency meals per week, the Program ensures no child goes to school hungry. But it’s not just about the meal – the breakfast club nurtures life skills too.
Beyond the classroom, students learn socialising and hygiene practices in a nurturing and caring environment, guided by compassionate teachers who have stepped up to offer more than just education.
“The Breakfast Program provides for our students on several levels – physically, socially, and educationally. It provides nourishing healthy breakfast food that meets the physical needs of students to start the day with something nutritionally substantial in their stomachs. The breakfast club has a safe and friendly atmosphere that allows students of all ages to interact with each other in a positive way, and also with staff and parents,” shared a School Breakfast Program coordinator in the Perth Metro area.
Together with Telethon, Foodbank WA isn’t just discussing wellbeing but delivering it, one nourishing meal at a time.visit our website.If you’d like to book a nutrition education and program for your community or school,
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About Foodbank WA
Hello, we’re Foodbank WA. We believe everyone should have access to good quality food. We’re here for the everyday Western Australians who are going without. And it’s our job to help change that.
We provide food and groceries to those who struggle to afford them. We also deliver nutrition education to promote healthy eating and advocate on behalf of people that experience hunger and food insecurity.
We are here to support Western Australians in times of need. We do this through
- Providing 7.8 million meals last financial year to those who were doing it tough
- Distributing food and groceries through 335 frontline charities
- Providing breakfast and fruit to 501 schools feeding 22,000 children weekly
- Delivering education programs for over 5,200 children, adults and parents
We work with farmers, wholesalers, manufactures and retailers who donate and redirect surplus product to us. This also plays a vital role in tackling food waste and positively contributes to climate change by reducing CO2 emissions arising from landfill.
Our vision is to end hunger in Western Australia by 2030. Our purpose is to Feed. Educate. Advocate.