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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Jamie’s Ministry of Food set to continue in Queensland

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, March 04, 2016

    Jamie’s Ministry of Food set to continue in Queensland

    Jamie’s Ministry of Food program will continue to deliver hands-on cooking classes to Queensland communities thanks to a renewed commitment by the Queensland Government.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick announced the new $1.34 million agreement today when he visited the Mobile Kitchen in Logan.

    “I’m pleased to be here in Logan to announce that we will continue our relationship with The Good Foundation to assist them to deliver Jamie’s Ministry of Food program in Queensland," he said. 

    “Queensland was the first state to partner with Jamie’s Ministry of Food back in 2011 and since then the program has enjoyed huge success.

    “As at the end of last year, more than 27,000 Queenslanders had attended a Jamie’s Ministry of Food course, cooking demonstration or community event, with almost 12,000 completing a 5 week or 10 week cooking skills course at the Ipswich Centre or Mobile Kitchen.”

    Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia and The Good Foundation CEO Elise Bennetts said the program had been proven to work.

    “The Jamie’s Ministry of Food program has been independently evaluated as effective in increasing confidence, knowledge and skills, to prepare and cook simple fresh meals from scratch.

    “The continued support by the Queensland Government will enable The Good Foundation to expand the reach of this program to more Queenslanders.”

    Mr Dick said the new agreement would focus on increasing the program’s reach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, young people, those on low-incomes and rural and remote communities.

    “The Mobile Kitchen has already held classes in Logan, Maryborough, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Ingham, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Nanango, Wondai, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Cherbourg," he said.

    “We want to ensure groups who really need some additional support are given the opportunity to take part in this great program and learn basic food and cooking skills and practical tips to help them to achieve better health.

    “This program is all about getting people back to basics in the kitchen and equipping them with simple skills and knowledge.

    “It aims to change the way they and their families eat and how they think about food.”

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