Need For Feed

Need for Feed is an exciting cooking program for secondary school students in grades 7 to 10 in public and private schools across Queensland. The program is designed to improve student's confidence and skills in preparing healthy food, and in the long term, contribute to curbing the rise of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. 


Need for Feed offers students a total of 16 hours of fun filled cooking action and health eating activities in the kitchen. Classes consist of 15 to 20 students and are run by a qualified facilitator, outside of school hours and on school grounds.


The program provides students with the opportunity to cook and try a range of foods, from pizza and pasta to healthy cakes and fruit bakes.


Programs are running continuously across the state and schools can commence at any time. Diabetes Queensland provides each school with funding to ensure the program is a success and students are charged a contribution fee of only $30 in total to attend the program.


Some memorable quotes from students: 


"My favourite part of the program was making a variety of healthy meals that everyone can enjoy. I also loved the taste of them!''


"I thoroughly enjoyed the program, and would definitely recommend everyone to try it out... You get to spend the week with friends both learning and having a great time.''


For more information on the program, or to register your school, visit

Have a question? Please contact the Need for Feed Project Officer on 1300 136 588 or




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This program is funded by the Queensland Government.


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