24 Mar 2021
A healthy partnership in Australia
Rijk Zwaan Australia is a proud supporter of Health Futures Australia (HFA), a local not-for-profit organisation and health promotion charity. Rijk Zwaan shares HFA’s belief that fresh, nutritious food is critical in building a happy and healthy human and local economy.
HFA have been working with a range of stakeholders across the Hepburn Shire (Victoria state, southeastern of Australia), on a large circular economy project and social enterprise called ‘Sustainable Healthy Integrated Food Towns’ (S.H.I.F.T). Rijk Zwaan Australia is a partner of the initiative. The social enterprise has created new jobs and business opportunities, will ensure fair prices for local farmers and producers, develop a circular economy, and build a healthier community.
Healthy and delicious lunches
The first component of S.H.I.F.T is the launch of a new Healthy Lunch Kitchen (HLK). The HLK is a social enterprise run by the team at HFA and it will provide healthy, delicious, chef-prepared lunches to students using local, seasonal produce of the Hepburn Shire. Rijk Zwaan staff at our Musk location will participate in the HLK pilot as testers, to provide important feedback to the chefs and the team at Health Futures.
Local for local
On 5 March, the HLK launched from the Daylesford Primary School. This is the first school to trial a new healthy lunch service. Dr. Shelley Bowen from Health Futures explains: “This is an exciting day for us at HFA, but we are ready to go! We have employed an amazing team including three very experienced local chefs-cooks. The response to this initiative has been extraordinary - our difference is we are “social’ in purpose. We have local farmers, producers and suppliers networks set up, menus designed and a digital ordering platform built and tested. There will also be a child nutrition baseline survey being gathered, in partnership with Deakin University.”
For more information about HFA, the S.H.I.F.T model and the Healthy Lunch Kitchen please visit https://healthfutures.org.au/