Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea & The Guilty Feminist Podcast came to Calais!

Massive thanks to Aisling Bea and Sara Pascoe for telling the world about Refugee Community Kitchen on the The Guilty Feminist Podcast!

While the entire episode is amazing, if you scroll to 1:15 you can hear them talk about their experience at Refugee Community Kitchen.

Some of our favorite quotes include:

"They make gorgeous, wonderful food every single day. And it's the best disco I've ever been to, the vibe is great. There's a huge amount of energy...If you think you're too busy, if you go for a day, you'll be a pair of extra hands and an influx of energy."

There are so many words, 'refugee, migrant, immigrant' that make people faceless, they're dehumanized and the point of Refugee Community Kitchen isn't just to provide food so that people don't die, it's giving them some human interaction....

There's a sort of feeling of fear in the world where everything's so overwhelming, I'd rather take a nap and hide. We have to make a decision as humans and go, "I don't know what to do but today [to fix the world] I'm going to give you a hot meal and I'm not going to give up being a human and I'm not going to stop seeing you as a human... If you go out and you volunteer, the decision is 'today I'm going to go out and be human and I'm going to look at you in the eyes, we are both just humans trying to get through the day and there's no bigger solution than that." - Aisling Bea

Give it a listen!

Please support Refugee Community Kitchen during Ramadan!

We are doing our best to support people who are observing Ramadan while living rough in Calais and Dunkirk by distributing fresh fruit, dates, flapjacks and boiled eggs (on top of 1000-1200 hot meals day)!

Each pack only costs £.80 and will hopefully make someone's Ramadan a little brighter, please share & donate what you can!

CALAIS UPDATE MAY 2018

Hello good people, we would like to send out a message of heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all volunteers, fundraisers and supporters of Refugee Community Kitchen and its sister orgs.

You may well of have seen the horrific news about the recent tragic and unnecessary loss of a young life due to extremely inhumane and aggressive policing tactics, we are all deeply shocked and saddened by this serious incident, policies must change, people must come first.

The need to support the marginalised communities we currently help is as great as ever, whether on the streets of London or in the towns or countryside of northern France.

We're currently providing around 1000-1200 meals per day in Northern France and 180-240 per week in London, we are also distributing dates and fruit packs to help those who are observing Ramadan.

Our volunteers work tirelessly to provide thoughtful and compassionate support through food and water distribution daily, without your support and the immense ongoing efforts from our volunteers none of this would be possible.

Thank you all, a little compassion goes a long long way.

To get involved please email: refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com

Have a great week xxx

RCK Daily Food Distribution

Our Calais lunch distribution goes like this:

We set up two tables with 3 volunteers serving rice, curry & salad at each table.

Set up a table for condiments and a table for hot tea.

One person gives plates and another person, the ‘runner,’ moves between the tables replacing ‘gastros’ as their contents run low.

Once most people have food, one table shuts down and the non-serving volunteers collect litter and chat with people.

The distribution takes about two hours.

Rain or shine, we’re out there showing solidarity and providing hot food and hopefully a tiny break from the miserable, muddy cold.

Please help us help people by sharing & donating what you can!