OzHarvest has selected eight students to create a special meal for 12 seniors in a joint celebration of Seniors Week (3-17 April) and Youth Week (13-22 April). The lunch will be a special edition of OzHarvest’s established NEST Program in Newcastle, funded by Greater Charitable Foundation, and will take place at Maryland Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesday, 4 April 2018 at 12.30pm.
NEST (Nutrition Education Sustenance Training) is a life skills workshop for vulnerable members of the community to improve their health and nutrition, through practical cooking skills and preparing meals on a budget.
Youth attendees will participate in a special NEST educational workshop focused on shopping, budgeting and preparing healthy food. The session will include preparing a delicious lunch to be enjoyed with the special guest list of seniors from the local community.
Lea Browning, OzHarvest NEST Coordinator, said the NEST program is focused on increasing community connectedness and is a great way to bring together two very important national weeks of interest.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate both Seniors and Youth Week this year, than with a special edition NEST session. It will be great to see young people engaging with senior citizens, providing a meaningful service and a nutritious lunch, and offering them valuable life skills at the same time!” said Lea.
Anne Long, Greater Charitable Foundation Chief Executive Officer, highlights the important role OzHarvest plays in the community.
“Not only does OzHarvest provide valuable assistance through the provision of food to those in need, but they also do a lot of work focused on improving life outcomes for vulnerable members of the community through education and support programs,” Ms Long said.
“We fund the NEST program in Newcastle and are proud that over the past 18 months our support has helped OzHarvest deliver workshops to more than 300 people. At Greater Bank we are all about giving back to the community that supports us.”
Two Greater Bank staff volunteers will also attend next week’s NEST lunch to help coordinate the session - Wallsend Branch Manager, Steph Osasa and Wallsend Customer Service Office , Peta Soldo.