Foodbank WA launches Let’s Eat book at Middle Swan school

Jennifer Tartaglia and Ian Coates launch their book with healthy ideas for children's food.
Jennifer Tartaglia and Ian Coates launch their book with healthy ideas for children's food.

FOODBANK WA has launched a children’s story book, Let’s Eat, featuring traditional food such as kangaroo and bush fruits as well as contemporary food.

Foodbank WA public health nutritionist and author Jennifer Tartaglia visited the Moorditj Noongar Community College in Middle Swan on October 29 to read the book to students.

Mrs Tartaglia said the book would teach students the benefits of eating both traditional bush foods and contemporary ‘everyday foods’ to grow strong and healthy.

She said she was inspired to write Let’s Eat after talking to teachers and health professionals about her first book, Joe’s Epic Breakfast Adventure.

“I received some really positive feedback about my first book,” she said.

“However, there was an obvious need to create a story and supporting resources that were more culturally appropriate for Aboriginal children –- particularly those living in regional and remote communities where access to fresh foods can be limited.”

Foodbank works with Healthway to develop nutrition education resources for Aboriginal students and those in regional and remote locations.

Jenni Curtis, who is a Balladong, Whadjak, Yued woman with connection to the Nyikina mob, was involved in consultation for the book and helped ensure the story respected Aboriginal traditions and cultures.

“The main character Daisy is a free-spirited Aboriginal girl who is a fantastic role model for all children,” Mrs Tartaglia said.

“She is strong, active and healthy as a result of the foods that she chooses to eat.”

The story takes children on a journey through the bush where Daisy meets healthy ‘Superhero Food’ characters and she learns the special powers of each food.

The book, designed and illustrated by Ian Coate and Elin Tan, features foods such as kangaroo, goanna and bush fruits, as well as contemporary food.

It contains artwork by Noongar artist Lisa Morrison portraying the six Noongar seasons.

Visit www.superherofoodshq.org.au.