QAST exists to support tuckshops
The Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (QAST) is a not-for-profit membership association working with Queensland school communities to build capacity in tuckshops and improve health outcomes for children.
Our vision is Healthy tuckshops, healthy schools, healthy children and we exist to support Queensland tuckshops to serve sustainable, affordable, nutritious and safe food choices.
The Association’s membership base is comprised of individual school tuckshops from State, Independent and Catholic schooling sectors across Queensland.
These members range from small school tuckshops located in remote locations providing meals one day per week, to large secondary schools and colleges in metropolitan or regional centres providing food services to over 2,000 students and teaching personnel daily.
Over 500 schools choose to support and benefit from QAST membership.
The QAST team
The QAST team is employed by the Management Committee to deliver services to members and the Association’s annual operational plans.
The Association also frequently benefits from contributions by volunteers and university students.
Executive Services Manager, Chris has been involved with QAST for over 20 years. Chris oversees the QAST team and is Food Technologist, Food Safety Supervisor and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Project Officer, Mary has been with QAST since early-2021 and delivers QAST's training courses, as well as assisting with the delivery of projects. Mary has over 15 years' experience working in secondary schools and the not-for-profit sector, including the Heart Foundation and Jump Rope for Heart and Walking programs. Mary is passionate about helping schools to develop healthy eating habits specific to their school community members.
Senior Project Officer, Deanne is a qualified dietitian, and her passion is promoting healthy and sustainable foods. In her 20+ years' working in government, non-government, education and clinical sectors, Deanne has collaborated with a range of partners on complex public healthy nutrition initiatives keeping Queenslanders healthy. She loves cooking tasty food and volunteers in her children's school tuckshops.
Project Officer, Parivash has been with QAST since 2019. She manages the Connections Through Cooking Project, recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers from culturally diverse backgrounds in tuckshops.
Administration Officer, Karen has been with QAST for over 15 years. She is your first point of contact at QAST. Karen is a Food Safety Supervisor and has a Certificate IV in Co-ordination of Volunteer Programs. Karen is passionate about working with convenors to help them achieve their goals, she also enjoys creating a range of volunteer resources.
Communications Officer, Chrissy has over 10 years' experience in communications and marketing for the not-for-profit and membership association space. With a Bachelor of Journalism, Cert IV in Project Management and vast experience in the digital space, Chrissy loves working collaboratively and has a passion for developing healthy eating habits for children.
Our Management Committee
The Management Committee is responsible for the administration and strategic planning of the Association’s activities on behalf of the members.
The Committee is made up of a diverse group of people and includes tuckshop convenors, community members and parent body representatives.
This group provides valuable insight into all aspects of tuckshop operations and their role in the community to ensure the Association remains representative of its members and relevant to current issues in the sector.
Get in touch with the QAST President at email@example.com.
Ormiston State School Convenor
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School Catering Manager
Waterford State School Convenor
Currajong State School
Bli Bli State School
Cavendish Road State High School
Wooloowin State School
Health & Wellbeing Queensland
In 2021, QAST secured a 3-year contract from Health and Wellbeing Queensland to deliver the Healthier Tuckshops Program. The program is designed to increase opportunities for Queensland tuckshops to offer and promote healthier food and drinks options in Queensland school tuckshops in line with the Smart Choices strategy.
The Healthier Tuckshops Program is one of six programs that are funded through Health and Wellbeing Queensland.
Department of Education
QAST has a collaborative partnership with the Department of Education, meeting once a term to discuss matters about the Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy and its implementation in schools.
QAST has also been involved in the review of the Standing Offer Arrangement for Food and Groceries in 2019.
In 2019/2020 the Department funded the Tuckshop Turnaround Project, which has allowed QAST to work with 21 school tuckshops, 3 in each Education Region to assist them to become profitable.
Funding and sponsors
QAST also has a successful history of winning grants to carry out other special projects and welcomes interest from corporate sponsors and advertisers.
|2021||QAST’s online, self-paced Food Handlers Course launched.|
|2021||QAST revamped website launched|
|2020||Healthy Eats program launched|
|2019||Connections Through Cooking project funded by a Fostering Integration Grant from the Department of Home Affairs enabled QAST to engage people from diverse backgrounds to volunteer in tuckshops.|
|2019||Tuckshop Turnaround financial service funded by Department of Education and Training.|
|2018||Survey of Queensland Tuckshops completed funded by Queensland Health.|
|2016||Smart Choices Nutrition Advisory Service initiated to respond to enquiries and liaise with food industry.|
|2016||QAST remains the only agency assisting tuckshops to implement Smart Choices receiving funding from Department of Health to maintain an annual regional network meeting, to develop resources for eMenu and maintain Smart Choices communications to schools. Department of Education and Training fund a Smart Choices Industry Forum and development of a support program to assist schools with implementing changes to the Smart Choices Ready Reckoner announced early in the year.|
|2016||Tuckshop TuneUp on site consultancy service is launched in response to member requests.|
|2016||Volunteer Management Course launched in response to member feedback.|
|2015||QAST celebrates 20 years. On 2nd December 1995 QAST had its inaugural meeting at Villanova College.|
|2015||Team Tuckshop Program provides one on one support to 50 school tuckshops with funding provided by the Department of Education and Training.|
|2015||Menu Management Course developed and delivered across Queensland supported by a Bursary program funded by Department of Education and Training.|
|2015||New QAST website goes live featuring Members Only access to Tuckshop Toolbox, eMenu integration, online consultancy bookings and the new QASTShop.|
|2014||eMenu (version 2) launched with funding from the Department of Education, Training and Employment.|
|2014||Tuckshop Finance Workshop|
|2014||QAST establishes YouTube channel QTuckshops with video equipment and production funded by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.|
|2013||QAST Tuckshop and Uniform Shop Convention replaces Expo|
|2013||Tuckshop Networks Program established to encourage sharing of ideas among convenors across the state with funding from the Department of Education, Training and Employment. 14 regional networks formed meeting quarterly.|
|2013||QAST endorsed as a Health Promotion Charity with DGR status.|
|2013||Uniform website launched.|
|2011||Inaugral Tuckshop Day announced by Education Minister to celebrate contributions of volunteers and convenors.|
|2011||QAST reopens and operates Samford State School Tuckshop to trial new strategies and online ordering systems.|
|2011||Talking Tuckshops eNewsletter launched, replacing the print version entirely by end of 2013.|
|2010||EcoFriendly Food website launched in partnership with Brisbane South Community Nutrition Unit.|
|2010||QAST joins the online community with Facebook.|
|2010||Good Food for Good Sports funded by a Queensland Community Partnership Grant.|
|2010||QAST introduces major new service for members- the Menu Health Check providing an annual report on menu performance in relation to Guidelines.|
|2010||Emenu tool developed and launched providing a free online menu design tool funded by Gambling Community Benefit Fund.|
|2009||QAST becomes a Registered Training Organisation and launches its Food Safety Supervisor Course training over 500 convenors in its first year.|
|2008||Swimmingly Good Food Project funded by a Queensland Community Partnership Grant.|
|2008||Survey of Queensland Tuckshops completed funded by the BUPA Health Foundation.|
|2008||QAST publishes Over the Counter: A Collection of Recipes Ideal for Canteens funded by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.|
|2006||QAST publishes first issue of the Talking Tuckshops magazine.|
|2006||Smart Choices Regional Presentations delivered in partnership with QCPCA.|
|2005||New QAST website launched.|
|2005||QAST is a lead agency assisting tuckshops to implement Smart Choices receiving funding from Education Queensland and Queensland Health to deliver additional services.|
|2004||Fresh Ideas For Fundraising Project funded by Health Promotion Queensland and One Harvest.|
|2003||QAST Trade Directory launched with support of Gambling Community Benefit Fund.|
|2002||Food Safety Summit.|
|2002||Inaugural Townsville Trade Fair.|
|2001||Queensland School Breakfast Project funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.|
|2000||QAST Business Plan developed with assistance of Gaming Machine Benefit Fund.|
|1999||Food Safety in Tuckshops Project.|
|1998||QAST hosts the inaugural Queensland Tuckshop Convenor of the Year Awards.|
|1998||Survey completed of all Queensland Tuckshops.|
|1997||QAST co-hosts the Inaugural Total Tuckshop Conference in Brisbane in conjunction with the Australian Nutrition Foundation’s Annual Trade Fair.|
|1997||Regional Tours commenced and continued until 2000.|
|1996||QAST becomes an incorporated Association.|
|1996||Queensland School Breakfast Project- Parents funded by Queensland Health and Golden Casket.|
How QAST can help you
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