Sunday, 21 April 2024
    Students tackle food insecurity

    Students tackle food insecurity

    The coronavirus pandemic has been a blow to Australian families already living week to week, leaving them counting coins and wondering whether they can put food on the table, ABC News reports.

    But in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo, a group of students from La Trobe University is now pitching a grassroots way to get in front of the region’s food insecurity and show people how they can cook and eat nutritious food at home cheaply.

    Gemma Ritchie, a first-year accounting student at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus, says their prototype café means people can drop by their one-stop shop and share their ideas and expertise, as well as taste and learn how to cook cheap food.

    “We have an amazing set-up [with] a real community feeling. It’s that give-and-take mentality where people who just want to have a chat can contribute their skills or receive some advice,” she said.

    “People can taste a meal and the cafe gives the opportunity for people to try good food. They can take a hamper with those ingredients, and a step-by-step recipe, to take it home and make it themselves.

    “More than ever, people are having to decide whether they pay other expenses or whether they eat and that is a massive thing because everyone has the right to eat, no matter their circumstances.

    “We don’t want them to have to choose between food or paying a bill they may not have expected to come through as high as it did.”


    ‘Everyone has the right to eat, no matter their circumstances’: Students tackle food insecurity in Bendigo (ABC News)


    Tomas Dowler, Gemma Ritchie and Jordan Fitzgerald were part of the team to develop and launch the community cafe idea.(ABC News: Tyrone Dalton)