PPHA recently teamed up with Secondbite to deliver the Foodmate program, an eight week journey to food independence for the residents at Ravelston Rooming House.
Each week participants on the program were taught the skills required to source, prepare and enjoy fresh healthy food on a budget. Participants were also taught food safety, food storage, and were introduced to stall holders at South Melbourne Market who gave them great shopping tips.
Each week the participants received a weekly hamper of fresh produce for them to practice the skills they had learnt in the session.
The residents at Ravelston enjoyed the social aspect of the program as well as a new approach to healthy eating and the health benefits they have noticed since completing the course.
PPHA are now rolling the Foodmate program out to other rooming houses starting at Woodstock.