Support needed to deliver healthy meals to those fleeing domestic violence

Dr Kaye Mehta is working with Community Health Onkaparinga (CHO) and Southern Domestic Violence Service on a program called, “Food for the Flight”.  The purpose of this program is to deliver healthy meals to women and children temporarily placed in crisis accommodation while they are fleeing domestic violence.

Women and chiCHO logoldren in this crisis situation are known to have constrained access to nutritious meals due to safety concerns, lack of transport options and financial barriers to source healthy low cost food.   Women in crisis accommodation are also thought to avoid venturing outside for fear of confronting their perpetrators. They also have no cooking utilities or equipment

They aim to provide 1410 meals per year for an estimated 109 women and 126 children. This equates to cooking and delivering fresh meals 2 to 3 nights per week for 12 months. Providing 2- 3 main meals plus dessert over a week, which would aim to meet 50% of an individual’s daily recommended serves of fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, and grains, would improve  their overall nutritional intake, and this would assist recovery from trauma and establishing a new  safer and healthier life.

To help kick off the program they would be very grateful for food donations; mainly pantry staples listed below to get the program started later this month, before Christmas.

You can drop off at the CHO Office, Uniting Church , 23 William Road, Christies Beach (please contacts us before if you can)

If you can’t get to the CHO office text (0418 416 176) or email ( for other drop off options.

Thank you for helping get this project started before Christmas, and more importantly, the women and children fleeing domestic violence in southern Adelaide.

Community Health Onkaparinga PANTRY LIST 

• Tinned tomatoes

• Pasta / lasagne sheets

• Onion

• Garlic

• Ginger

• Frozen veg – peas / corn / caps

• Salt / pepper

• Potatoes

• Carrot

• Flour

• Eggs

• Cocoa

• Bi carb

• Milk – long life

• Butter

• Tinned fruit

• Oil

• Sugar

• Tinned chickpeas / lentils / beans

• Spices – cumin, coriander, paprika, garam masala, cinnamon, nutmeg

• Any other cooking staples you think would help (e.g. stock)


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