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Refugee Community Kitchen

With so many young people and children affected this is a cause close to our hearts.

FairTunes Director Steve Bedlam (Events), Sam Jones (Chef), Paula Gallardo (Doula), Bobbie Greenish (Teacher) and Janie Mac (Activist and Lecturer) are the coordinators of this humanitarian mission. They say:

“We have seen tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes and risking theirs and their families lives to find refuge with us in the West.

As a result, we are pulling together our skills and those of our resourceful friends, and anyone else drawn to help, to set up a communal kitchen in the Calais refugee camps and other similar camps in Europe.

Our aim is to feed where food is needed, to build where we can build and to give our support to the volunteers on the ground. As winter sets in, we can really help by providing hot nourishing food on a daily basis. At present, many of the camps do not have basic facilities and many are going hungry.”

What can you do to help them to help others?

The Kitchen needs VOLUNTEERS to help
Please email refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com if you can assist us in any way either in the UK or on the continent with time/energy/skills/ideas.

The Kitchen need a lot of FOOD & EQUIPMENT – please see our regularly up-dated WISH LIST on the Facebook page under “Files” menu – and email refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com with any offers of equipment and/or food.

The Kitchens need MONEY
Please DONATE through the You Caring page.
Use 18409728 Donation as reference.
100% of donations go to the cause.
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We will be coming over on June 9th (early evening) and will be there for two days work on 10th/11th doing whatever you deem most useful. Driving over from London so please let me know what we should fill the boot with re food donations etc. With Sarah Walker Ali McGinley. ... See MoreSee Less

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Stoke Newington Community Feast, Sunday 5th June, is providing a drop off and collection point for donations for RCK. Is there anyone driving to over to Calais next week who'll be able to take the donations? Please let us know what to ask people to donate and please spread the word.
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Stoke Newington Community Feast

June 5, 2016, 12:00pm - June 5, 2016, 11:00am

Stoke Newington Community Feast, Sunday 5th June, 12-5 pm, Stoke Newington Common! We will be offering a free, mainly vegetarian, buffet made from ingredients donated by local supermarkets, restaurant...

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Hello people, over these last few weeks we've been wondering at the industry and thoughtful collective endeavours of all the volunteers that have made this project and all connected projects possible. This response has been spontaneously created to meet the needs of this crisis, a crisis which is an undeniably profound and sad symptom of what we know is wrong with our global political economy.

There is clearly lots right in our global community too, as between us there has been an incredible coming together for a common humanitarian cause.We've been deeply humbled and enthused by the strength in human nature by the huge response to this refugee crisis, from all facets of society.

The R.C.K team would like to thank you for all your support over the last six months. Without your continued support, we would not have been able to maintain and develop the fantastic work taking place in the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps. The following is a short re-cap on what you have helped to achieve:

• Feeding up to 2500 residents a day with hot, healthy and balanced meals for over 150 days non-stop in both the Calais (Jungle) and Grande Synthe (Dunkirk) camps,to date thats over 300,000 full meals !

• Developing positive links with communities in both camps as well as working with the Refugee Council in the Calais camp to Build communal kitchens allowing the residents to cook.

• Working alongside MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières), Aid Box Convoy - Bristol to Refugees in Europe,and the Mayor of Grande Synthe to create the new La Linière camp in Grande Synthe (Dunkirk).

• At the La Linière camp we have built 4 communal spaces consisting of 7 kitchens with a total of 28 wood fired cookers, fully accessible hot running water plus dedicated Women’s Areas.

• We have built a fully equipped kitchen in Dunkirk so that the residents are able to cook for the entire camp; providing the community with delicious food that they prefer and want to eat. As well as a bakery that supplies fresh, hot bread daily to all the residents.

• Working closely with Calais Kitchens, L'Auberge des Migrants Artists in action - AiA !, and many other volunteer groups to supply raw ingredients and kitchen utensils to thousands of refugees everyday. This enables mothers, aunts and sisters to join together in cooking meals for their children and families.

• Giving a little dignity back to fellow humans who have been put through hell and back.

When the team initially began to run the Refugee Community Kitchen (with your help and team of amazing volunteers!), we had no idea that we would be here, 6 months later and feeding as many people now as when we began! We did not expect that there would be 40 new refugees a day still turning up to the Calais camp in May 2016. We also did not predict that we would be planning to stay here for the foreseeable future. We cannot just walk away from this ongoing crisis and return to our “normal” lives. We are in this for the long haul!

R.C.K is now planning for the future. We have linked up with prism the gift fund to ensure that we can continue to supply hot, nutritious food and some much needed compassion to all that need it, be it in Calais or further south in Greece.
Once again, we call on your continued support to help us to help others.
We have a new fundraiser with BT Mydonate mydonate.bt.com/charities/refugeecommunitykitchen .

This new method of fundraising allows us to accept a single or monthly donation, as well as receive a further 25% of any donation paid by UK taxpayers via the Gift Aid Program (paid by the UK Government). If you are a UK taxpayer please fill in all the info and tick the Gift aid button so that we receive that vital extra 25%.

Please share our BT Mydonate mydonate.bt.com/charities/refugeecommunitykitchen page far and wide and donate what you can, even if it’s £5 per month. One thing we have learned over the last five months is that that every contribution helps!

We are ever grateful for your generosity and compassion. All of this could not have happened without you!

Many thanks to "Church of the latter day saints" for the recent kind donation of our powerful new combi oven and two walk in refrigerators, and to "Just Give " charity , for the donation of one of the Tandoor ovens currently making 1000-1500 flatbreads a day. A big thank you to "Lush" for sustained donations and continued support.

With love and many thanks from all of the R.C.K Team and all the residents of the Calais and Dunkirk camps.

Here are some pictures Illustrating the collective ingenuity and ongoing works.
Janie Mac Steve Bedlam Paula Gallardo Simone Sim Simmer Pol Stevenson Maz Eyesndick Tina Brocklebank Finn Kay Rob Crook Amelia Burr
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The Refugee Community Kitchen

Steve Bedlam (Events), Sam Jones (Chef), Paula Gallardo (Doula), Bobbie Greenish (Teacher) and Janie Mac (Activist and Lecturer) are the coordinators of this humanitarian mission.

We have seen tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes and risking theirs and their families lives to find refuge with us in the West.

As a result, we are pulling together our skills and those of our resourceful friends, and anyone else drawn to help, to set up a communal kitchen in the Calais refugee camps and other similar camps in Europe.

Our aim is to feed where food is needed, to build where we can build and to give our support to the volunteers on the ground. As winter sets in, we can really help by providing hot nourishing food on a daily basis. At present, many of the camps do not have basic facilities and many are going hungry.
We are looking for experienced kitchen staff, cooks and chefs to keep the quality and quantity going.
If this is you or someone you know please email us

Chefs/Cooks email refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com

To register to volunteer in the warehouse in clothes distribution email calaisaid@gmail.com

For general volunteering in our Kitchen email calaiskitchens@gmail.com

Please keep sharing our funding page so we can buy keep the kitchen going buy gas and food, as feeding 2000 people a day is a huge commitment that needs your help and every penny counts
mydonate.bt.com/charities/

refugeecommunitykitchen
www.youcaring.com/refugeecommunitykitchen

To Donate to the Dunkirk build of community kitchens and space please use the link below
www.youcaring.com/refugees-living-in-the-new-camp-in-dunkirk-526447



There are some great resources for volunteers on Facebook

Calais people to people solidarity
www.facebook.com/groups/CalaisMigrantSolidarityActionFromUK/?fref=ts

Lift Share group
www.facebook.com/groups/152779071748953/

Uniting Volunteers travel buddies
www.facebook.com/groups/917159571690430/

I hope you find this helpful and we look forward to seeing you in the kitchen soon.

Steve, Sam, Paula, Bobbie & Janie
refugeecommunitykitchen.com/
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*****corrected update- new kitchen info***** Approx 250 shelters have burnt down and 500+ people are now without shelter. The warehouses have delivered a couple of hundred tents to the camp in the la...

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A lady driving to Calais from Highgate at 2 pm tomorrow with free places in car xx ask me for more info if interested ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm driving from West London on Sunday (29th) coming back Monday or Tuesday. Can take items over or a couple of passengers. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are in need for chefs and cooks in the kitchen, the numbers in the jungle are rising everyday, in the last weeks we have seen a sharp increase in new arrivals to the camp, making the need even greater while the new comers find their place, shelter, equipment etc.
We also have Ramadan starting first week of June and are looking at the prospect of two daily food distributions.
No huge experience needed just a few days to help out.
please share this post and contact us refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com
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Just finished my first week of working in the clothing side of the Warehouse, back to England tomorrow. A huge thank you to the kitchen staff for the fantastic lunches you for the volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Other ways you can help

1. Share the Facebook Group with your friends
2. Follow them on Twitter @RefugeeCKitchen
3. Ask your local shops if they would like to donate bulk dried foods (5kg and above no small tins and packets )for the kitchen, (see list of foods in the Wish Lists in Files)
4. Set up your own fundraiser for the cause such as this Xmas Pop-Up Vintage & Designer Sale on behalf of the Refugee Community Kitchen