Healthy food program hits the right spot

BCYF’s Feed Me Right program is a finalist in the Victorian Health Promotion Awards, shortlisted alongside 35 individuals and organisations.

BCYF was nominated in the Driving Health Equity category, which recognises a health promotion organisation or program that works to support Victorians facing greater barriers to health and wellbeing.

Created in 2020, Feed Me Right supports the health and wellbeing of young people experiencing homelessness through health food packs, cooking classes and education.

“We know that young people experiencing homelessness often have limited access to nutritious food for optimal health and wellbeing and this access can be amplified by not having the skills to purchase or prepare low-cost healthy options,” BCYF Executive Director Client Services Allan Murphy said.

“Feed Me Right not only provides emergency relief for food, but it changes the way young people think about food and nutrition. It develops their cooking skills and knowledge, and hopefully sets them up for a healthy future.”

Mr Murphy welcomed the recognition for the program, which is funded through community support that started with Give Where You Live and has continued with The Collier Charitable Trust, as well as recent support from City of Greater Geelong.

BCYF’s research team is currently undertaking an evaluation of Feed me Right to verify its impact. We are working toward continuing to build the opportunities available for young people to access and enjoy healthy food.

Award winners will be announced on 13 February.

See more about the awards here

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