TUCK IN: Country Kitchens participants gather for the workshop in 2017.
TUCK IN: Country Kitchens participants gather for the workshop in 2017. Contributed

QCWA members fight to save popular food workshops

QCWA members have given full support to the Country Kitchens program but sadly it is coming to an end.

A submission has been made to the State Government to continue to fund this program but there has been no response as yet so the program will finish at the end of June unless further funding is provided.

Over the last two years, the QCWA Country Kitchens Team has travelled nearly 100,000kms to regional and remote areas conducting food literacy and cooking skill development workshops.

They have reached over 9,000 Queenslanders, 73percent of QCWA Branches, and trained community facilitators who have reached a further 6,000 people through community activities.

With over 60percent of Queensland's adults and 25percent of Queensland's children being overweight or obese, and the high percentage of these numbers being in regional and remote areas, the QCWA Country Kitchens program has made a significant impact.

The team is made up of fully trained nutritionists who have dedicated the past two years spreading the healthy eating message across Queensland.

The amount of enthusiasm the team raises when making presentations is wonderful to see.

Even the most staid QCWA members and very experienced cooks join in the fun and learn new things.

Many members of the general community, men and women, young and old, have become involved.

Unfortunately, if we do not hear a result soon, we will lose these trained and seasoned staff, and the communities who have missed out will not benefit from this fantastic program and ongoing work in areas already reached will finish.

There has been great interest in the Country Kitchens program from Country Women's Associations in other states and it was hoped that the program might go national.

The CWA of Australia president, Dorothy Coombe has been working hard to interest the Federal Government in the program referring to the success it has been in Queensland.

Although there are many healthy eating programs in place, Country Kitchens has presented a simple and fun way for all to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

With the program being conducted through QCWA which is a respected and trusted organisation it has made it more approachable for members of the public.

A cook book called In My Country Kitchens is being released next month.

Cost is $44 plus postage.

An online book is also available at a lower price.

Each of the 20 divisions in the state has contributed a chapter. Recipes have made use of the products grown in the local areas.

It's well worth buying the book just for Border's chapter.

Contact Jenny Whitsed on 4664 8083 or jennywhitsed@hotmail.com to see how you can obtain your copy.

Killarney's international day is on tomorrow at 10.30am.

Go along for a German themed program and lunch.

On Saturday, Condamine Valley Warwick's cent sale and international day starts at 1.30pm. But remember there is limited space and the room fills up quickly.

You need to get there early.

The function is held in the rooms in Grafton St, Warwick.

Clifton is also having a function on Saturday in the Clifton rooms at 2pm.

Hats and handbags is the theme so grab your glam hats and handbags and go along.

Maybe what the guests wore to the royal wedding has given you some inspiration.



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