Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a healthy, joyful year full of good food! 💗🎉🍽️🎉💗
We've started bringing hot food to Brussels once a week on a day when no other association was able to support the 600+ people living rough there.
Big thanks to all of the groups that are already working hard to provide aid to displaced people in Belgium, including Deux Euros Cinquante, whose volunteers help us serve food weekly.
We are committed to providing food with dignity and respect wherever it's needed.
Please share & donate as we rely on your donations to keep hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of hot meals coming out daily!
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. ->
The authorities estimate that today they evicted 1800 people, or over 400 families, who were living rough in Dunkirk.
Our team is working hard to support people through the upheaval and destruction as best as we can. We've packed 700 'bentos' to give out so that people can take food with them as needed.
Please support these displaced people as they face further destitution!
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 ❤️🙏❤️
Big big big thanks for Bean for well over a year of amazing service in Calais (and over two years of supporting refugees).
Thank you for your level-headed, dedicated, humble leadership- you kept our kitchen in top notch standards. We will miss you!!!
So many amazing people have passed through Refugee Community Kitchen- we love you all!
There are up to 700 people, including many families, living rough in Dunkirk. We've encountered at least 70 children under the age of 10.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are feeling a lot of financial pressure as we are currently serving over 1300 meals a day. We're supporting those 700 people, plus 300 more in Calais as well as providing food to over 100 people living in unofficial camps in the region. And more people are arriving daily!
From brutal heat to pouring rain, and almost constant evictions/clearances by the authorities, this summer has been miserable. Tensions are high as large groups of people try to live together in a very limited amount of tents (hundreds were confiscated last week) or survive under shared pieces of plastic tarpaulin. Despite these horrible conditions people continue to show resilience.
We are so grateful for our volunteers and our sister groups Help Refugees, L'Auberge des Migrants, Dunkirk / Dunkerque Refugee Women's Centre, Refugee Info Bus حافلة المعلومات للاجئين مسیر راهنمای پناهندگان, Utopia 56, Refugee Youth Service, Mobile Refugee Support and everyone else who is tirelessly providing support and solidarity through these deplorable conditions.
Besides increasing numbers, Eid is next week and we'd like to make it special, so right now we need funds more than anything.
Please spread the word and donate what you can!
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!