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!

DUNKIRK UPDATE

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Yesterday we served 1300 hungry people, including 60 families, who are all sleeping in the woods with no cover.

The temp dropped to 6°C last night and we are already worried about the dangerous winter weather that's right around the corner.

We will soon be serving over 2000 meals a day, as numbers in Calais and Dunkirk are on the rise and we need your help to keep going!

Please share & donate what you can!

Journey to Bosnia

Going into our third winter serving food to displaced people in Northern France we found a rare window to take a trip to Bosnia to meet the groups working on the ground and to see what we can possibly do to help.

We drove from Calais through many borders France / Germany / Austria / Slovenia / Croatia finally arriving in Bihać and Velika Kladuša in Northern Bosnia close to the border of Croatia, where hundreds of refugees are on their journey, walking from their homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Nepal, Algeria, Morocco, all of them walking through many dangerous lands looking for peace and safety.

We met with many grassroots groups and volunteers working on the ground who are self-funded, self- motivated and in need of support. All these groups welcomed us with open arms and what we came to know as pure Bosnian hospitality. They showed us their kitchens, explained their operations, their challenges and took precious time out to explain the complicated situation in Bosnia after the war.

Most of these grassroots organisations are supported by an integral umbrella organisation called Pomozi.ba who met with us and explained more in depth how and where we could help in Sarajevo, where they are a lifeline with food aid and much needed strategical support.

There is some support being offered by the Red Cross, MSF, IOM and Emmaus who are serving basic food with very limited nutrition, as well as all other aid services.

Apart from the support that all these groups need we learnt how the Bosnian people, police and authorities are tolerant and kind to refugees as they pass through their poor country. They have great empathy for the displaced people as it's not been long since they as a nation were in the same situation, cold, hungry, displaced and traumatised.

Many refugees are being supported in derelict uninhabitable buildings, in small camps with only plastic tarps and basic wooden framed shelters and many many more are sleeping outside in the woods, which are extremely dangerous and full of mines and bears.

We have been touched and moved and will, with your help, work towards supporting these groups in what is expected to be a very difficult winter with temperatures dropping regularly to -10º / -20º. The cold is just around the corner with temperatures going into the minus at night from next week.

How you can help right now?

DONATE: The groups on the ground need financial donations to buy tents, high quality sleeping bags, warm clothing, food and other essential items as buying aid as locally as possible is essential.

Groups in - Bihać / Velika Kladuša
SOS Team Kladuša
No Name Kitchen

Groups in - Sarajevo
Collective Aid
AidBrigade
MI SMO VI
Pomozi.ba
Are You Syrious?

Please check out the work these groups are doing and support them where you can.

Refugee Community Kitchen will update soon on how we will be supporting the people in Bosnia and the surrounding areas.

RCK Outreach on BBC Radio London

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“Food is the global language that everyone agrees on. Everyone loves food. Food makes everyone happy... That’s what we’re doing, creating smiles.”

Heart-felt quote in this great BBC interview of Refugee Community Kitchen's Dan Cole talking about the work of RCK Outreach in London!

We're dedicated to bringing some humanity back into inhumane situations and are currently serving hot meals to London's homeless population five nights a week in Hackney, Camden and Bethnal Green. Plus over 1200 meals a day in Calais and Dunkirk!

We need your help to keep going!

To donate -> bit.ly/rckdonate

To volunteer and/or if you know of any available warehouse/kitchen spaces in London, please email us at: refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com.

Big thanks to Robert Elms and BBC Radio London 94.9FM for supporting Refugee Community Kitchen!

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 ❤️🙏❤️

Thank you Bean :)

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THANK 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!

Thank you Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen

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We just wanted to say thank you to the wonderful people at Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen who have tirelessly shown up at Cardiff Farmers' Markets every Sunday for over two years.

It's efforts like these that have made it possible for us to serve over 2.2 million hearty, delicious meals to people in need over the last two years.

We're currently serving up to 1700 meals a day! We can't do this with out your donations and fundraising efforts, so please continue sharing and giving and doing what you can to stand for love! -> bit.ly/rckdonate

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen is feeling grateful.22 August 2018 · 

So occasionally I have the pleasure of giving the total amount raised for Refugee Community Kitchen at our stall at the Cardiff Riverside Market since August 2016. Every penny raised is transferred over and to date we have raised £15,316.60. That's 30,600 meals for refugees. Thank you so much for all your donations and please keep supporting us as sadly the need is as great as ever.