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The women of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (APY) Lands are pressing ahead with a voluntary healthy food scheme which the SA Government has declined to support. Under the scheme, which is being driven by the women of Mai Wiru, people will be able to load their income on to a FoodCard (similar to those used for income management in other states). The FoodCard will be used in Aboriginal owned community stores on the APY Lands, only for buying healthy food or essential items.
There have been a lot of women pushing for this initiative. General manager Kristen Grace said there was plenty of fresh, healthy food in the community stores but people were going hungry for days at a time after running out of cash. Despite the decline of Government help, there has been support by the Sight For All Foundation, who have been working with Mai Wiru on the FoodCard plan. Chairman James Meucke said 'malnutrition and diabetes can cause blindness and preventable eye conditions - a healthy diet is vital for good health.'
The community will continue with the scheme with direction from the Nganampa Health Council and Ngaanyatjarra Pitjiatjantjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council.