The first half of 2018 has seen Foodbank SA completing research and working to develop the new Fresh Food Friday Program. Through this program, food packs have been delivered to schools and distributed to students who have been identified by school staff as the most vulnerable children in the state. These children are sent home with food packs on a Friday, ensuring they have access to food over the weekend.
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Variety SA are proudly supporting the program for three years where children experiencing food insecurity will be provided with a take home food pack containing food staples.
“We know that young children are going to school on a Monday having not eaten over the weekend. We hope this program will ensure the most vulnerable South Australian children have food available to them in their homes”. – Greg Pattinson, CEO, Foodbank SA
In order to be eligible for the Fresh Food Friday Program, schools currently participating in the School Breakfast Program were asked to complete surveys to help inform Foodbank SA about the needs at their school.
Of the 53 schools who responded to the survey, 47 schools identified over 1,000 children who would benefit from this support. Subsequently, three schools have been selected to trial the Fresh Food Friday Program beginning in term 3. Selection was based on their survey responses and data available via the My School website, including the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage.
The trial will then be rolled out to other schools in metropolitan Adelaide, followed by regional and remote schools in 2019.
In South Australia, Foodbank currently provides food related support to more than 400 schools.
Thank you again to Variety SA for proudly partnering with us for this program.