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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. -> 

LIVE FROM FRANCE:

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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 Calendar 2019!

EXCITING NEWS: You can now order Refugee Community Kitchen's 2019 recipe calendar!

Our hard working crew of volunteer chefs, including the fantastic Andi OliverBen Cottam and Bean Russell have scaled down the nourishing recipes that are cooked in our kitchens for thousands of people, so that you can make them at home.

Not only will these make for the perfect gift but each calendar will provide 18 hot, nutritious meals for displaced people this coming winter.

PS. Can you help us get these out there? Please share this post and email us if you are able to stock the calendars at your local market, yoga studio, Christmas market, festival, church, school, event, etc.

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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
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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!