Calais

We need you!

Once again, we've seen a inhumane and cruel eviction carried out in Calais. Heavily armed police forced refugees, including minors, onto buses with out any information or communication.

After providing no safe or warm spaces throughout the brutal winter , this week's eviction clearly has nothing to do with compassion or human rights.

Conditions are horrific and showing solidarity through this inhumane situation is immensely challenging.

We need your help now more than ever so please spread the word, follow us on social media and donate what you can. 

FEBRUARY 2019 GROUND UPDATE: 

 
 

Here's a ground update from one of our incredible volunteers working in Calais. We're currently serving around 1200 portions of food a day to displaced people in Calais and Dunkirk. Plus an extra 1000 meals every Thursday in Brussels.

WE REALLY NEED VOLUNTEERS! So please join us if you have some spare time! Send an email to refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com to see how you can get involved.

Please spread the word & donate what you can!

UPDATE FROM REFUGEE COMMUNITY KITCHEN

This beautiful photo was taken by Muhammed H., a refugee living in Dunkirk.

This beautiful photo was taken by Muhammed H., a refugee living in Dunkirk.

We are currently providing an estimated 1500 people with hot, wholesome meals in Calais and Dunkirk. This requires a huge amount of food and work!

Please share & donate what you can so that we can continue providing food without judgement.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Winter is coming and we need hands!

Winter is coming and we need hands! Calling all washer uppers, choppers, stirrers, servers, drivers, sorters & more. Whether you come for a day, week or month, you will have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of men, woman and children who are living rough in horrible conditions in northern France!

To volunteer, email us

No worries if you can't make it to Calais, you can join our London outreach and/or Donate here.


❤️ VOLUNTEERS ❤️

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Big thanks to Tilda Basmati Rice's great crew for helping out in the kitchen.

Is your company looking for a good cause to contribute to? Can you and your coworkers get behind our mission of serving nourishing, hot food to displaced people?

Sponsored sports events, company parties, fundraising dinners, food / hamper collections, volunteer trips to Calais/RCK London and other company-wide fundraising activities are a great way to satisfy corporate responsibility requirements, boost public relations and provide your employees/teammates with a truly gratifying experience.

Thinking of doing corporate fundraising for Refugee Community Kitchen? Contact us today!

Eviction

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Refugee Community Kitchen and our awesome sister orgs. continue to dig deep to help people, people who are not only displaced and far from home but who are being tortured with non-sensical acts of disruption by our governments.

In the last few days, hundreds of people, including many families, unattended minors and hundreds of young men have-with no notice or information- been rounded up and loaded by force into coaches and driven away, away from the small communities they rely on for survival.
Incredibly, those coaches then drove round in circles, for the whole day only to come back to Dunkirk to dump them in the same place they took them from.

We understand the difficulties the local authority have with no government support but this behaviour resembles old school fascist actions designed only with the intention being of breaking people's moral.

Today the people are not broken. 
Today they are not abandoned.

We continue to come together, to pool our energy and resources and will carry on supporting these people and hundreds of others with good food love, humanity, fairness today and tomorrow and there on after!

Big thank you for all the love and support, especially to all the volunteers on the ground for adapting, chopping, cooking and providing unwavering service through tough times. 
We salute you ❤️🙏❤️

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!