Promoting Healthy Communities: The Family Food Patch Food Truck Initiative

Jun 14, 2023 | Inspiring stories, Latest news & media


Promoting positive nutrition and overall health helps to establish supportive and healthier environments. The significance of food environments is underscored by both the National Obesity Strategy and the National Prevention Strategy. Thankfully, there exist several community-led organizations that are already making noteworthy contributions in this domain. 


The Family Food Patch food truck initiative implemented by Families Tasmania embodies the growing recognition of the role environments play in shaping nutrition and health. The program focuses on educating adults, particularly parents, caregivers, and community workers, about nutrition and healthy eating practices for children aged 3 to 12. 


The food truck acts as a catalyst for community engagement. Children’s curiosity draws adults to the truck, fostering conversations about the food being served. This engagement provides an opportunity to showcase the benefits of healthier eating and encourages parents and caregivers to replicate these habits at home. By distributing recipes and encouraging questions, the initiative empowers individuals to make positive changes to their dietary choices. 


We recently spoke with Emma Rowell from The Family Food Patch Program to gather more information about their organisation and projects. We had the pleasure of hosting two Nutrition Science students from Deakin University for this interview. 



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