SecondBite exists to provide access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia. We do this by rescuing and redistributing surplus fresh food, building community capacity in food skills and nutrition and advocating for an end to food insecurity.
Fresh NED (Nutrition EDucation) is a nutrition training program developed for staff and volunteers from Community Food Programs designed to improve the food security of people throughout Australia.
A Community Food Program is any program that provides free or subsidised food to people experiencing disadvantage. These programs can involve ‘Help Yourself’ mini-marts or pantries, food parcels, community meals (in house or outreach), soup vans, breakfast programs, cooking classes, community gardens and snack or fruit-bowls.
Fresh NED involves five hands-on training modules:
1. Food Security
Understand the causes and consequences of food insecurity and discover long-term solutions.
2. Healthy Eating
Become familiar with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and share practical tips to create a healthy and socially inclusive Community Food Program.
3. Food Safety
Refresh food safety knowledge of high risk foods, Emergency Food Relief legislation, the temperature danger zone and safe food handling practices.
4. Keeping Track
Share practical data collection tools to support funding applications, record vital info and evaluate Community Food Programs.
5. Developing Nutrition Policy
Become familiar with a framework to develop a nutrition policy specific to Community Food Programs, to maintain a consistent commitment to good nutrition.
Fresh NED has been developed by SecondBite in collaboration with the Tasmanian Department of Health and has since been piloted and evaluated with the assistance of Monash University, Deakin University and the University of Tasmania.
For more information on the pilot phase and to see a summary of our evaluation results, please click here.
This training is the first of its kind in Australia and we would love to share it with as many Community Food Programs (CFPs) as possible. SecondBite have developed a train-the-trainer model to reach the thousands of CFPs in Australia. SecondBite is offering Fresh NED Facilitator training to Dietitians, Nutritionists, Aboriginal Health Workers, Health Promotion Officers, Environmental Health Officers, Youth Workers and other practitioners throughout the community and welfare sectors of each state and territory. Once trained, SecondBite will then support Fresh NED Facilitators to establish or strengthen existing partnerships with their local Community Food Programs and to deliver our tailored, context-specific Fresh NED training. By connecting practitioners with their local CFPs, SecondBite’s Fresh NED program is linking local expertise with the most vulnerable members of communities throughout rural, regional and metropolitan Australia.
How you can get involved:
1. If you’re a practitioner who would like to become a Fresh NED Facilitator…
Please sign up to our eNewsletter to receive updates on when the training will be available in your area.
2. If you’re a staff member or volunteer working at a Community Food Program and would like to be part of Fresh NED training…
Please call us at SecondBite to find your nearest Fresh NED Facilitator. By working directly with locally trained practitioners, you will not only receive localised training, you will also have ongoing support in making changes to your food service.
3. If you’d like to donate time or money to allow Fresh NED to expand…
Please call SecondBite and ask to speak to Chrystal Yam, our Nutrition Programs Manager. We’d LOVE to hear from you!