Coronavirus update 13 March 2020

Stage 4 restrictions: what's closed and what's open.

The Boroondara Cooks program is currently on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.

Boroondara Cooks is a meal-sharing and community-strengthening program that connects people who like to cook with older residents in our community. Volunteers share an extra portion of their home-cooked meal with an older resident on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

The Boroondara Cooks program is an important part of our efforts to create an age-friendly community. It aims to support older residents who live in their own home but find it difficult to prepare a nutritious meal on a regular basis.

The program is run by our Health, Active Ageing and Disability Services team.

How it works

Volunteer cooks prepare and deliver a regular meal to a local diner. Volunteers can choose who they would like to cook for. We try to match cooks with diners who share something in common, whether that's interests, food preferences or location.

The program involves:

  1. cooking your usual meal
  2. plating up an extra portion
  3. delivering the extra portion to an older resident and taking the time to say hello. 

The program relies on volunteer cooks committing to deliver meals to the same diner on a regular basis – which could be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. However, cooks can certainly take breaks - we just ask that you let your diner know in advance.

Learn what it is like to volunteer:

  • Read about Susan Cook's experience of sharing a meal with 87-year-old Clare Hanrahan each Tuesday.
  • Local mum Bronwyn Billimoria also volunteers for the Boroondara Cooks Program. Read her story.


Before commencing with the program, volunteer cooks must complete:

  • a food safety and hygiene learning program and quiz (please allow 30 – 60 minutes)
  • a Police Check specific to the Boroondara Cooks program.

The Program Coordinator will request to meet with you and guide you through the process to complete all necessary paperwork. At this meeting you can also discuss suitable diners in your area.

How to join


To join as a volunteer cook:

  1. complete the application form 
  2. complete and pass the Do Food Safely quiz and send your certificate to the Program Coordinator.

Our Boroondara Cooks Program Coordinator will then contact you to guide you through the induction process.


Complete the application form

More information

For more information about the program, please contact the Boroondara Cooks Program Coordinator on 9278 4777 or at [email protected].