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Community cookbook brings connection during COVID-19

On Tuesday 25 August 2020 Community Services #1 is launching our Community cook book, a collection of recipes from the community that grew as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The community cookbook, which will be officially launched by Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Suzanne Orr MLA, combines a collection of recipes from CS#1 clients, staff and volunteers which is intended to connect them and the wider community during self-isolation and lockdown.

“At a time when individuals were being told to self-isolate and stay at home, what better way to keep the community connected than through food, something that connects us all on so many occasions,” said Amanda Tobler, Community Services #1 CEO.

“The cookbook was intended to help people stay connected to each other and the wider community during a tough time, when people were unable to see their friends and loved ones and do their usual activities. Food has a special way of keeping people connected and what better way than by sharing favourite recipes.

We hope that this book brings joy and community spirit to the lives of many Canberrans and beyond, not only during but after this pandemic”, said Amanda Tobler.

Pauline Snowie, a client of CS#1, contributed a favourite recipe to the book as a way to say thank you to everyone during the pandemic.

“The team at CS#1 have been doing such a great job to keep us all connected during COVID-19, I felt it was the least I could do to express my thanks”, said Pauline.

“I think that people love home cooked recipes as they have a lot less steps and ingredients, so I wanted to contribute as I think there is something special about home recipes.” Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Suzanne Orr MLA, says there has never been a better time to try out a great new cookbook.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has required us all to stay inside more often and find new ways of sharing and connecting. If you’re anything like me, you may have picked up a handy recipe or two over the last few months”, said Minister Orr.

“With more time for home-cooking, there’s never been a better time for a great new cookbook, full of great new meals to try while you’re at home. Community Services #1 have done a great job in putting the book together and I am excited to get cooking!”

The cookbook will be officially launched on Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 3.30pm at Griffith Neighbourhood Centre.