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Canberra students prepare meals for those in need as part of their service

June 24, 2016

Radford College, Canberra  students support their local community by preparing meals for those in need.

Visited by the CEO of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award last Tuesday the Radford College service learning program has produced 4950 meals for 66 Canberra agencies over the past year. An ABC news crew filmed the visit by Peter Kaye, AM, to the Radford College food science kitchen and television and online stories about the service appeared on the ABC. The reporter Georgia Hitch, is a Collegian.

Mr Kaye met and cooked with the Radford students who give an hour a week to the Oz Harvest program to complete the service component of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

He also spent time with Radford teachers Sue Hassell (left), who coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh's Award students, and Cathy Jackson (right), who runs the Oz Harvest program at the College.


The Oz Harvest program prevents good food being thrown out. The food is collected from 102 local donors including the big supermarkets and brought to Radford College where the students, under Cathy Jackson’s guidance, cook it into meals which are then delivered to homeless shelters.

Sixty-six Canberra agencies receive meals from Radford.

The food service program was established three years ago and is open to Year 10 students and those participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.