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Mineral Resources (MinRes) has announced a major partnership with Foodbank WA aimed at helping Western Australian kids develop a healthy relationship with food.

The program sees qualified nutritionists visit schools to host sessions for kids and parents, including activities like  cooking classes and eating together.

MinRes has committed $450,000 over three years to co-fund Foodbank WA’s nom! Schools nutritional education program in classrooms across WA in partnership with Pilbara Minerals.

“MinRes’ social investment framework prioritises health and wellbeing, stronger communities and economic empowerment – all outcomes that are core to the nom! Schools program,” MinRes general manager, people facilities and operations Beth Ibrahim said.

“We know that making the decision to eat healthy early in life can be truly transformation in later years.

“That’s why we’re so thrilled to help Foodbank WA empower these kids with the right cooking skills and mindset during their crucial years of schooling.”

Delivered throughout March and April 2024, the program will visit dozens of schools including 12 in the Pilbara region near MinRes operations.

“We are thankful to both MinRes and Pilbara Minerals for their support of nom! Schools – enabling us to deliver this important program across Western Australia,” Foodbank WA chief executive officer Kate O’Hara said.

WA Foodbank provides food and grocery relief to 2844 front-line charities and 3379 school breakfast programs to help feed people in need. Last year the initiative sourced enough food for 92 million meals.