The vision of Jamie’s Ministry of Food program is nothing less than a food revolution. The initiative has the potential to radically improve population health and social welfare of communities across Australia. It empowers people with the skills to change their eating and cooking behaviour and to combat the short- and long-term impacts of poor nutrition in our community and on our health care system. Jamie’s Ministry of Food is about getting people cooking again by teaching them the basics: how to cook, how to shop, and how to enjoy food in a way that benefits not only individuals, but also their families. We want to give as many people as possible the tools and information they need to be able to make healthful choices. How does it work? • The Jamie’s Ministry of Food Ipswich Centre is a purpose built kitchen class room located at 116 Brisbane Street, Ipswich. • Participants sign up to the five-week cooking course; they attend a 90 minute class once a week, at the same time each week for the five weeks. • The classes involve learning how to cook, knife skills, nutrition information, how to shop and cook on a budget, food safety and hygiene, shopping for fresh, seasonal produce and preparing delicious, tasty meals • Classes are limited to 12 participants, and are completely hands on • Participants take home the meal they prepare for their family and friends.
Who can volunteer? Volunteers don’t need to be professionals in the kitchen - anyone 18 years or over who is willing to obtain a Blue Card, Food Safety Certificate and COVID Safe Dine-in training and has a commitment to the values and philosophies of the program and a keen interest in food, cooking and helping people learn how to cook.
What do Volunteers do? Volunteers help the trainers makes sure that classes run smoothly, and participants enjoy their class. Tasks could include; • Preparation of food and workstation set up for your class • Welcome participants into the Mobile Kitchen for their class • Supporting the trainer and participants during class • Helping out with the cleaning, washing dishes and tidying up during and after class