Immigration, Advocacy, and Food

Danny Stock

Last week, members of the GDS Policy Institute Life Resettled track hosted a catered community event to promote their work and support Ukraine and Afghanistan. The event featured a presentation of their cookbook full of immigrant stories and recipes and a discussion with the founders of Immigrant Food, a “cause-casual restaurant” that centers immigrant advocacy in the dining and educational experience. Lastly, students collected monetary and in-kind donations to support both Afghan and Ukrainian refugees. The eight students described their journey from the summer Institute, which focused on policy and advocacy around immigrant and refugee issues. And they spoke about their cookbook action project, through which they aimed to lift up an array of unique immigrant stories through a shared love of food.

Nico David-Fox ’24, whose grandfather’s immigration story and recipe for koláč was featured in the cookbook, described the event as a big success. “The founders of Immigrant Food gave a great talk and told the story of their founding and entrepreneurship,” Nico said. “We [the Life Resettled group] shared how we created our cookbook. Everyone who attended seemed to really enjoy it.”

In keeping with their efforts to incorporate advocacy wherever possible, students collected toiletry donations for Afghan refugees and raised money for Ukraine. All told, they raised nearly $1,000 in support of Ukrainian refugees, to be donated to the Ukrainian American Relief Committee.

The group is still accepting donations at the GOFUNDME above. If you would like to purchase a cookbook, please reach out to director of community engagement and experiential learning Leigh Tait.