Food­bank helps nav­i­gate shop­ping

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

THE vast num­ber of food choices in su­per­mar­kets can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for shop­pers look­ing for nu­tri­tious and cheap meals.

But that task was made eas­ier for a group of peo­ple tak­ing part in a Food­bank WA pro­gram at the Wool­worths store at Bel­mont Fo­rum last week.

Food­bank WA’s Healthy Food for All man­ager Rex Mil­li­gan said su­per­mar­kets can be over­whelm­ing with the food choices avail­able and the nu­mer­ous health claims made by food man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“Our su­per­mar­ket tour is a prac­ti­cal, hands-on ses­sion al­low­ing par­tic­i­pants to use the knowl­edge and skills they have learnt and ap­ply it in a real en­vi­ron­ment,” he said. “Par­tic­i­pants gain con­fi­dence in se­lect­ing and pur­chas­ing nu­tri­tious foods while sav­ing money.”

Food­bank WA pub­lic health nu­tri­tion­ists Michelle McIn­tosh and Kim Dutkowski guided par­tic­i­pants through the food choices avail­able at the su­per­mar­ket.

“Par­tic­i­pants learn about healthy eat­ing us­ing the Aus­tralian Di­etary Guide­lines, how to read la­bels to com­pare prod­ucts, how to shop on a bud­get and plan and cook easy and nu­tri­tious meals for them­selves and their fam­i­lies,” Ms McIn­tosh said.

The store tour was part of a four-week free nu­tri­tion ed­u­ca­tion and cook­ing pro­gram, Food Sen­sa­tions for Adults.

It was co-or­di­nated by Food­bank un­der the Food Sen­sa­tions pro­gram and the City of Bel­mont, en­abling par­tic­i­pants to learn budgeting, nu­tri­tion and life­style tips.

Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks said the City was proud to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with free and low cost life­style classes.

(Front l-r) Lin­di­awati Su­gia­rto, Flora Iwansan­toso, Edith John­son, Clara John­son, Rita John­son, Za­reena Quereshi and Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks. (Back l-r) Diana Roo­sevelt, Sa­man­tha Brad­der, Amanda John­son, Kim Dutkowski and Michelle McIn­tosh.

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