Helping our juvenile correction centers through food
I’ve always been about giving back to the community. Ever since I was a new chef fresh out of cooking school it has always been important to me to share my passion, to share my knowledge of food. Being able to cook for yourself and those you love is something very special. It works with a persons primal instinct to provide for those around them. So you can imagine how awesome it has been for me over the past few weeks as I have had the privilege to work with the Australian Red Cross in helping those at the Kariong Correctional Centre broaden their horizons through food.
How the Australian Red Cross help
The Australia Red Cross deliver a number of services to Correctional Centers across Australia. They provide critical services for the offenders but also for their families to be able to cope with the impact of having a relative or loved one behind bars. One of the key initiatives the Red Cross deliver in these services is something called FoodREDi, a community nutritional education program run by volunteers teaching the importance of making sustainable changes to diet, physical activity, food budgeting and healthy weight, helping them to improve their health, prevent and manage chronic disease better and learn skills for economic self-reliance. Click here to read more on their website.
I’ve been involved
I volunteered my services to this program run at the Kariong Correctional Facility over the past few months and have enjoyed every minute. Its been an eye opening experience which I can’t share in great detail but I wanted to use this as an opportunity to spread the word about what an amazing job our Red Cross do with the juvenile correction services across Australia.
Caring about these kids who have taken wrong turns in their lives and helping put them back on the right track, well that’s something I want to be part of. I believe that through food and cooking skills some of these kids can be exposed to careers, life skills or other opportunities they may not have even known existed.
Giving back to the community
To give back to the community is special, its invigorating and I challenge everyone reading this to give back to the community doing something you love today.
To learn a little bit more about how the Red Cross support offenders and their families click here.