REFUGEES sat down for a lunch prepared by Callaghan College students at Maryland on Thursday as part of a Youth Week event aimed at promoting healthy and nutritious eating.
The OzHarvest event was a 'NEST' workshop for year 9 and 10 students who were tasked with planning, preparing, cooking and serving a meal to about 20 refugees living in the local area.
OzHarvest's National Education Sustenance Training program aims to teach knowledge of healthier eating choices and food preparation skills.
Lea Browning, OzHarvest NEST coordinator, said the program helped to build community links and Thursday's session was designed to educate young people on basic cooking skills and broaden their social awareness.
"This is the second time we've run the intensive Youth Week NEST session," she said.
"We see great comradery amongst the participants, with lots of laughter and enjoyment whilst at the same time a real sense of dedication to the tasks at hand.
"We are proud to help facilitate this and at the same time help to make cooking a more accessible task for those students involved by improving food purchasing and preparation behaviours."
The NEST program is backed by the Greater Charitable Foundation, which awards grants each year.
"OzHarvest provides valuable assistance through the provision of food to those in need, but what's impressive to note is the time, effort and resources they place on educating and supporting young people in our community," Greater Charitable Foundation CEO Anne Long said.
"The Youth Week NEST session is just one example of this."