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Barkuma’s Healthy Living Cooking Program

Barkuma’s Healthy Living Cooking Program aims to give those living with a disability the skills to grow their own produce, shop for groceries and prepare nutritious meals.

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Nicholas Van Zanten

What is Barkuma’s Healthy Living Cooking Program?

Barkuma works alongside those with a disability to find rewarding jobs, learn new skills, explore their talents, and be included in their communities.

Research has shown that people with a disability often favour junk food and have lower health rates than those without a disability.

As a result, Barkuma now offers the Healthy Living Cooking Program to its clients. This 12 week program gives participants the opportunity to attend weekly classes encompassing supermarket visits, gardening lessons and cooking demonstrations. The program teaches them how to cook, prepare nutritious food, make healthy food choices and maintain a balanced diet.

Where does Barkuma’s Healthy Living Cooking Program operate?

Currently the program operates at two sites in South Australia

"Barkuma’s Healthy Living Cooking Program is a great initiative that helps people with disabilities make good choices about what they eat and prepare in their lives. I would really appreciate you helping us continue this wonderful program."
— Justin Farr, General Manager.

How would Barkuma’s Healthy Living Cooking Program use a Dreams for a Better World grant?

Extra funding would allow Barkuma the opportunity to offer the program to the wider community so that even more people with a disability are able to gain knowledge and skills they might otherwise not have access to.

Barkuma’s Healthy Living Cooking Program

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