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Serve lunch for people seeking asylum

Shared meals create a welcoming and supportive environment for people who come to receive care and services at the Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC). Meaningful connections are made and stories are shared over a nutritious meal.

We invite people from the wider community (including corporate volunteers) to be part of our Community Lunch Program; cooking, serving and sharing lunch with people seeking asylum in our community. A great team bonding activity!


Dates and times

Newtown Centre – 43 Bedford Street, approx 11:30am – 2pm: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Auburn – 44A Macquarie Rd, approx 11:30am – 2pm: Wednesdays


Your group

As our kitchen is small, a group of 4-6 is best


What is expected from you

  • Meal planning with your team
  • Purchasing ingredients and preparing food*
  • Serving a meal for 30 people (Newtown) or 50 people (Auburn)
  • Cleaning up
  • Sitting down and sharing a meal

*If you are unable to prepare food for your lunch service, we can organise catering for an additional fee.

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