Locals delighted with Indigenous meal options

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Our Indigenous Meal launch events held recently in Coffs Harbour and Cairns were about celebrating our newly formed partnership with highly respected and awarded chef Clayton Donovan. The range of options are based on  native ‘wild food’ ingredients which are going to be available  throughout regional and rural areas of the east coast of Australia through integratedliving’s meals at home program “Staying Healthy Eating Well”.

Attendees at each event were treated to Clayton’s tasty meal samples which included a delectable Kangaroo Lasagne and Chicken Rendang with bush tomato risotto. The full range will see around seven options released later this year.

The meal delivery service is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50 years and all Australians over 65 years and has been made possible with support from the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

During program development it was identified that many Indigenous Elders have stories to share with present generations around  their memories of hunting and gathering food. To help ensure this sharing of traditions and instruction in the practical use of wild ingredients a secondary program has been developed that will see integratedliving, Clayton and local schools facilitate wild food yarning circles. Students will cook for the Elders using local wild foods while the Elders will share their knowledge and stories. This element of the project will launch during Naidoc and Seniors Weeks.

Currently on our meals program Millie and husband Rodney pictured below, grew up in Cairns and said they required permits to travel into cairns to forage their own bush tucker. They loved the new meals and emphasised how the nutrition has changed in their community now that they can eat sugar and salt and anything they want. They had never heard about diabetes before their diets changed, now most of their family have it.

Thank you for attending to our guests of honour Mr Andrew Fraser MP Coffs Harbour and Cr Terry James Deputy Mayor Cairns, and to all who attended making the launch events a real success.

Media Coverage can be viewed at links below

NBN News – Nambucca Chef shares recipes with meal service 

ABC Online – Bush Tucker to your door

The Coffs Coast Advocate – Chef delivers native meals

Cairns Post – Bush tucker gains nod

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