Healthy eating is one of the key actions to increase overall wellbeing and prevent chronic disease in the Alpine Shire. Our health promotion work involves creating supportive environments in the community which make healthy food choices the easiest choice.
Food Security during COVID-19
As part of our work in healthy eating and food security we’ve compiled an Alpine Communities Food Access Guide to support community members at this challenging time to access emergency food, with helpful resources included like how to store food, cook with leftovers, substitute ingredients & grow your own at home.
We also developed an Alpine ‘Fresh Food Guide’ , in partnership with Beechworth Health Service, as part of the 2020 Local Food for Local People project. This guide lists local farms & food producers, retail outlets, plus emergency food relief offerings, community gardens & food shares. A number of these were printed for distribution to Alpine @ Home clients. The electronic version can be shared broadly.
What we do
We support community initiatives and projects such as food relief, community gardens & food swaps as a way of increasing access to affordable, local, fresh produce. Healthy eating initiatives focus on the community as a whole and cover a wide range of skills and interests.
Specific projects include;
- The Alpine Home Harvest project, managed by Alpine Health, is a grow your own at home initiative which aims to increase the availability of fresh food for members of the community who, for a variety of reasons, may not be able to access it consistently.
- Food relief has been supported through the Alpine Food Security Working Group, who has met monthly since March 2020 to address barriers to people accessing food relief. The Myrtleford Neighbourhood Centre have commenced and extended a food relief offering, and Dumu Café Bright have commenced a pre-prepared frozen meal offering - Love Bites. Partnership connections have been developed with the Albury Wodonga Food Share (salvaged food) and Quercus Beechworth (pre-pared frozen meals).
- We have also partnered with Anglicare to develop and deliver the ‘CARE program’ - an emergency relief initiative funded by the Salvation Army, utilising existing professional channels to identify community members at risk of, or experiencing, food insecurity and addressing barriers to accessing support through offering short term relief by way of vouchers and referral to other support services.
- Healthy eating also involves creating a supportive environment for bubs, parents & carers as breastfeeding, when possible, is the best start for babies. We support various community initiatives which help to do this including the Breastfeeding Welcome Here campaign.
Other related services and programs
How to access
We welcome anyone who is interested in healthy eating.
If you would like more information on any of the initiatives or have ideas for something new please contact;
Katie Murray - Health Promotion Worker
Note: To be involved in the ‘Alpine Home Harvest’ a small selection criteria for participants is required to be met.