Maggie Beer Foundation

Our Programs

'Creating An Appetite For Life' Education Programs

The vision for Maggie Beer Foundation (MBF) is to ensure that all residents in aged care are provided with fresh food with flavour. To achieve this, we need to engage and educate chefs/cooks/kitchen hands in the aged care sector. Whilst there are some amazing examples of great food in aged care, there are so many others where there is a general acceptance that aged care food budgets cannot be full of flavour and utilise fresh seasonal produce - there is fresh thinking to be had and ideas to be shared.

Maggie Beer is a successful cook and an inspirational leader who can educate and inspire those in the industry, but she can’t do this in isolation, so we need advocates in the field to support the Foundation’s work.

Our Education Programs offer an opportunity for a selected number of chefs and cooks from residential aged care homes to participate in a 2 or 3 day workshop with Maggie and aged care industry experts. These Education Programs are aimed at those who are committed to making a difference in their aged care home kitchens and who can influence those controlling food budgets, supplier relationships, menus and dining room management.

Our next workshop will be held in the Barossa in August 2017. Please visit the News page or the Register Your Support page to subscribe to the newsletter and be alerted on upcoming workshops.

Wellbeing Gardens Program

In addition to a highly successful ‘Creating an Appetite for Life’ Education Program, the Maggie Beer Foundation launched the Wellbeing Gardens Program in 2015. Supported by the John Saville Eastwood Estate, Maggie Beer Foundation awarded a total of 10 grants to aged care homes across Victoria in order to give residents within aged care facilities access to a beautiful, outdoor, living environment. From the nutritional benefit of an edible garden at the back door, to being involved in a flowering garden, everyone feels happier in a beautiful, outdoor environment. Having a space to be proud of, to ‘potter in’ and give a sense of purpose improves people’s health and, for many, gardening enables them to undertake an activity that they have always loved.