Kitchen program building community connection at Waverley Primary School

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The Tasmanian Community Fund have announced 16 small projects have received a share of just over $200,000 in a special Covid Response Round, including $15,000 for a nutritional financial literacy program for parents at Waverley Primary School.

Waverley Primary School Principal Jen Bryan said the school had developed the program alongside The Waverley Primary School Association in an effort to better improve how families manage their weekly budget and pursue a healthier diet.

“We had previously supported families with the delivery of menu boxes which contained a meal recipe and the ingredients necessary to make that meal which were very well received by recipients,” Mrs Bryan said.

“With the funding received from Tasmanian Community Fund, Kitchen Kapers will give parents and community members the opportunity to meet in small groups to undertake six sessions”

“These sessions will be facilitated by our Canteen Manager who is a qualified chef, with an emphasis on the nutritional and financial benefits of creating home cooked foods with fresh produce.”

“Kitchen Kapers is a practical financial and nutritional literacy program to build parental capacity, improve family health outcomes and encourage social connections in the Waverley community, Ms Darke said.

“We see this project having a lasting impact in the community, with 40 parents directly involved and up to 160 people benefitting directly from the program.”