Message From Susy Welcome to Edition 12 of Fair News. Organising an event like Fair@Square means that I get a chance to meet some very interesting an

Message From Susy

Welcome to Edition 12 of Fair News. Organising an event like Fair@Square means that I get a chance to meet some very interesting and inspiring people who constantly strive for a better future and better solutions to the issues people are facing today.

I recently met up with one of those people. Melanie Raymond who is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Projects Ltd and also leads a number of entities in the not-for-profit and government sector including community infrastructure, philanthropy and governance.

I was inspired by Melanie passion, efforts and generosity working with the disadvantages and marginalized young people in our society and the work Youth Project does relating to Food Security for the disadvantaged.

Youth Projects is coming on board as our Fair Kitchen partner, you will be able to meet the people behind this great organisation and their supporters.

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Meet Youth Projects our Fair Kitchen Program Partner for Fair@Square

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Melanie Raymond Chair of Youth Projects

Q. The theme of Fair Kitchen this year it “Empowering thorough food”, what does this mean to you?

A.The link between diet and wellbeing is strong and good food is central to an active lifestyle and social connection. And exercising choice, having freedom and control over how you eat is a human right. Food is also an expression of culture, breaks down barriers and a vital ingredient in a diverse, successful community.

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From left, Cooking on the Streets, Youth Projects staff member Joel and Chair, Melanie, with supporter Ian Curley also Executive Chef at the European.

Q. Why do you think in today’s world we still experience hunger or lack of access to proper food both locally and internationally?
A. Globally food production and distribution is not organized around principles of justice, empowerment or public health. Multi-national commercial interests and many mistakes of history are among the influences that allow the first world to eat too much while the third world starves. Yet access to healthy food and choice over diet is becoming harder to achive even in our famous food city.
Poverty and hunger has risen dramatically among the clients we see at Youth Projects, where many only manage one meal a day, but not always.

Q. Do you think in Australia we take food for granted?
A. Our lifestyle in Australia is the envy of the world, and our relaxed nature supports respect for good food but sadly it is not shared equally. While we are only recently learning to value our natural assets, climate, water, and fresh food, the epidemic of diabetes and obesity in Australia show that we have a serious problem around food and diet.
To halt these trends access to fresh food and the skills to make use of it, must be shared by all, and not be a privilege for some.

Q. What is the reality with the people your organization works with?
A. We have a food security problem in the heart of the city, where the people who are homeless are homeless at a younger age and for longer. As a result, they suffer long term dependency on food vans, vouchers, scraps and begging. Food security only exists where people have access to enough nutritious, safe food for an active, healthy life exercising personal choice and control. This is far from true for clients of the city’s only free health service, run by Youth Projects at the Living Room.

Q. How do you think we can change people habits with the way they buy and consume food?
A. Consumers have the tools now to be more discerning and questioning of the status quo these days through technology and social media. Exercising power at the retail stage is a growing movement, where people will make a conscious decision to preference good practice and social justice when they can.

Q. Do you think fair trade is empowering not only for producers but also for consumers? Why is this?
A. Consumers have the tools now to be more discerning and questioning of the status quo these days through technology and social media. Exercising power at the retail stage is a growing movement, where people will make a conscious decision to preference good practice and social justice when they can.

Q. What can we expect to see at Fair Kitchen this year?
A. Our focus will be on interesting, good, diverse and delicious food, so we can showcase that good food is never dull! We will still show the role of food in empowering better lifestyles, with cooking tips, exhibitions, and include audience tastings and participation. There will be some well known names involved too.
www.youthprojects.org.au

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