JRS relaunches Cook 2 Connect!

Cook2Connect is a fun way to make a positive difference in the lives thousands of women, men & children who are seeking asylum in our community. 

Join us to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking asylum! Come together in a gesture of solidarity with those who are experiencing hardship and who are in extreme need by taking part in JRS Australia’s Cook2Connect (C2C) program.

Coming up, is Migrant and Refugee Week (19th to the 25th August). Hosting a Cook2Connect is a perfect way to celebrate the talents, skills and contributions of people seeking asylum. We are honoured that Shatha, a former refugee from Iraq, who is now the JRS Information and Referral officer at our Finding Safety women’s space, has shared her recipe with us.

Joining C2C is easy!

STEP 1. Register your C2C event

It only takes a couple of minutes to register your dinner via phone 02 9356 3888 or email alma.gatica@jrs.org.au to get your resource pack.



STEP 2. Check out the resource pack for the:

  • Recipe which includes Shatha’s incredible story.
  • Fact sheet on refugees and people seeking asylum.
  • How your support directly impacts thousands of people that JRS serves advocate for.


STEP 3. Invite friends and family to a dinner at your place, or organise to cook for an event at your church, school or community group

  • Decide when to host your event. Choose a date and time that most of your friends and family members can attend.
  • Invite friends and family to your solidarity dinner. Ask them to donate $20 or more for an Iraqi meal. Remember that all donations are tax deductible.
  • Spread the word about your event, show your friends that you care about people seeking asylum. Share the event on social media. The more people you tell, the more people you will inspire to stand in solidarity with refugees. Remember to tag us too Jesuit Refugee Service “JRS” Australia. #Cook2Connect #donate2JRSAustralia.


STEP 4. Share a special meal with your loved ones and be happy for your contribution!

  • Send your donations to JRS and get your tax receipt.
  • You are contributing to make a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people who are seeking safety in our community!



Ready?! Let’s get cooking!

Call us 02 9356 3888 or email alma.gatica@jrs.org.au


We want you to know the difference your donation will make:

  • $20 will provide rice, pasta, milk and veggies for one family
  • $50 will support 1 person seeking employment, through a one-to-one session in JRS’ Empowered to Work program
  • $75 will cover weekly allowance for food, travel and medical needs for an individual living in JRS’ Blaiket Shelter
  • $140 will provide weekly emergency relief to 1 single person
  • $200 will help to restock JRS’ foodbank with fresh food, non-perishable items and toiletries for 1 week
  • $600 will provide a family seeking asylum with their basic weekly living expenses including rent, food, travel and medical needs


A delicious and meaningful recipe.

Twice a week, at the JRS Community Centre in Westmead, and twice a month at our Finding Safety women’s only space in Parramatta, JRS hosts community lunches as part of the “Cooking Together” program.

These shared meals create a warm, welcoming environment where people seeking asylum and refugees can come together as a community. JRS clients have become regular volunteers at the centre, through cooking. People take it in turns to cook a beloved dish to share with everyone. This empowerment activity enables JRS clients to share their gifts, feel valued and overcome isolation.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we have talented people preparing delicious and comforting meals to share with women, men and children who wait for their appointments with our specialist caseworkers; our clients who attend JRS English classes; those that participate in our community led projects, or those families that weekly go to our centre to collect their weekly grocery supplies from our foodbank.

Our chefs show their inspiring resilience and solidarity with those who have lived experience of displacement. They welcome people with love as they walk through the door in JRS Westmead centre and create a sense of belonging across the lunch table.

At JRS community lunches, everyone has the opportunity to share their special dishes from their countries of origin and taste delicious meals from around the world; we have talented chefs from Iran, Sierra Leone, Iraq, India, Nigeria, who share their beloved family recipes.

With your support, JRS provides all ingredients to prepare these delicious shared meals, which have become highly popular and demanded by our clients.  


Why it’s so important that you take part of C2C and share a meal?

By hosting a Cook2Connect dinner you’ll be inspiring your friends and family to stand in solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum. By cooking and sharing this simple dish, you will be recognising and celebrating their contribution to our community.

Also, you will help to increase awareness about the plight of people seeking asylum and help to break down misconceptions about one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Finally, your fundraising event will make big positive impacts on the lives of thousands people in greatest need that JRS serves.

“A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you”.

                                                                                           ~Pope Francis

Thank you for caring and taking action! 

Call us (02) 9356 3888 or email alma.gatica@jrs.org.au

Your generous support is 100% tax deductible. 

Pictured above is Hannah (right), one of our talented JRS chefs with Community Development Coordinator, Joanna (left).
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