Help us create a space to support and connect people though food
In the heart of the UK’s big cities, too many people are suffering from social isolation and food poverty. We’re aiming to tackle this by building a series of community kitchens, to help feed, support and bring together people in need.
We’ve identified our first site, in London’s Kings Cross, and have a plan in place to bring it to life. We are part way to our fundraising target but we still need your help. Will you make a donation to help us make this a reality?
What’s the plan?
We are working in partnership with the Peabody Housing Association to transform a disused café on the Peabody Estate into a community kitchen. The estate is home to 4,000 people, and surrounded by other large estates; many local residents are on low incomes and in need of support. We’re planning to provide this support, by:
· Offering a community programme of online and (when restrictions ease) small face-to-face cooking classes for low income families. These will offer residents the opportunity to learn valuable cooking skills and to connect with other local people.
· Establishing a Pantry, a local food shop surplus membership scheme, in partnership with FareShare London.
· Opening a weekly soup kitchen that will make and distribute food for local homeless and vulnerable people. We will look to expand our provision based on community need.
· Offering employment support and volunteering opportunities for young people who want to gain experience in the food and hospitality sector.
Once lockdown restrictions ease, we are hoping to expand the work of the kitchen to include small face-face healthy eating cooking classes for adults and children, cooking and sharing meals with local residents and culinary skills training for people who would like to work in the food industry.
How we’re raising the money
As well as asking for direct donations through this page, we are currently running virtual teambuilding events for companies and investing the profits into our plans. If you would like to find out more about putting on one of these sessions for your team, do get in touch. The quicker we can raise the funds we need, the sooner we can get started.
We are also seeking funding from a number of grants and foundations who specialise in this area.
What we’ll spend it on
The funds we raise to get our community kitchen off the ground will be invested as follows:
· Renovating the space to make it fit for use
· Installation of a new kitchen and relevant equipment
· Running costs for the first twelve months
We are seeking corporate partners to work with us on the long-term delivery of this and our other planned community kitchens. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please get in touch.
Who we are
Cook for Good is a social business, based in London. We provide corporate cooking experiences for teams of all shapes and sizes, bringing people together to cook, laugh and learn while creating a healthy, hearty meal for homeless and vulnerable people.
Until recently, we have done this in person, and will do so again once restrictions are eased. In the meantime, we’ve moved our events online. We’re still helping our local communities by providing ready-cooked food for those most in-need.
And because all our profits are fed back into our work, the social impact of Cook for Good continues long after the washing up is done.
Read more about us on the Cook for Good website
We are delighted to be partnering with two excellent organisations to bring this project to life: Peabody Housing Association and FareShare
· With over 55,000 homes, Peabody Housing Association delivers services to 111,000 residents, 8,000 care and support customers, and the wider communities in which they work. They work with people and communities to build resilience and promote wellbeing, and create and invest in great places where people want to live.
· FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to almost 11,000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom.
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