Refugee Community Kitchen

For: Refugee Community Kitchen
Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Organizer: Stephanos Stavrinides
of £75,000 goal.
Raised by 1390 donors
100% Complete

The Story

A group of us - event organisers, chefs, caterers, journalists and activists - have banded together to help the refugees living in the camps of Europe. 

We've come together to create a kitchen and feed these people. Feed them warm food, nourishing food, food that will sustain them and their children through the water-logged, muddy, freezing winter and beyond.

We’ve visited, worked out what is needed and already raised £6000, the kitchen is underway but we still need support....

We know we can make a valuable contribution to the lives of those fleeing wars and finding refuge in Europe and we know you can help. All support is deeply appreciated.


Steve, Bobbi, Paula, Sam & Janie

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 25, 2016

Posted on September 25, 2016

Hello kind friends and RCK supporters

!! Mobile Support Winter Campaign !!

Winter is coming and for most of us that means cosy evenings in our warmed homes, snacking on foods from our fridges and cupboards as and when we feel like it and sharing warming stews and hot soups with our friends and families.
Not so for the thousands in refugee camps on Europe’s borders who will be enduring freezing temperatures, scarce provisions and minimal cooking facilities.

Regardless of recent eviction announcements of the Calais camp,
Refugee Community Kitchen is dedicated to continuing the work begun in December 2015 in the Calais and Dunkirk camps where over 570,000 meals have been served to date along with the creation of self-service shops and kitchens. We will provide for these camps and all displaced peoples until we are not needed anymore.

Refugee Community Kitchen is also going mobile this winter to serve the same hot, nutritious meals that every human deserves to others living in camps across the continent.
Travelling with a full mobile catering truck, fridge truck and marquees along with a dedicated team of chefs and volunteers, we will seek those most in need and work with locals and other grassroots organisations and NGOs to enable displaced peoples to eat and cook their own food and prepare meals for their families.

Your support has been awesome and the only way we can continue with this humanitarian mission is with your continued help.
Going on-the-road and supplying our static kitchen in Calais will take a lot more money and resources so please increase your efforts to fundraise, donate and do what you can -
your help is essential and deeply appreciated.

Please share this appeal across social media channels and amongst your friends and family.
thanks in advance
Steve, Sam, Janie & Paula 

Posted on July 7, 2016

Posted on July 7, 2016

Hi everyone its been a while since we updated as its Calais has been very busy as the camp have grown daily in size and need.
The media has tried to black out that the camps are growing and the ongoing and need but your donations are still coming in and being used daily for hot and cold food distribution, the food lines have grown and the families are more and more dependant as the possibility of moving on grows slimmer every day.
We wanted to say thank you and assure you that the work goes on.
We will feed till there are no more mouths to feed
We are all one love
Janie, Steve, Sam & Paula

Posted on April 17, 2016

Posted on April 17, 2016

Thank you all so much for continuing to support our fundraiser. Back in September our intention was to feed the residents of Calais at least one warm, nutritious meal a day. Half a year later we are sending out 2000 meals a day to Calais and Dunkirk and have achieved incredible support in many ways via generous donations of money and food, and by a stream of willing volunteers who selflessly keep our kitchen going by chef-ing, chopping and washing-up.
As well as our kitchen in Calais we’ve created a community kitchen, dining areas and free shop for the residents of the new refugee camp in Dunkirk to use themselves so they can cook. It’s been an incredible success and is so appreciated by the 1000+ families there, but we do need on-going support.
For those of you who have organised fund-raising events we are so grateful. From gigs to auctions to comedy nights to sponsored knits, every bit helps so much. If you want to organise an event of any kind, small or large, do let us know and we’ll post it on our website’s events page and help promote via Twitter and Facebook.
We still need volunteers - please come for a day, a weekend or a week. The Refugee Community Kitchen is based in L’Auberge des Migrants warehouse (off-site). We would love you to work with us but If you don’t fancy working in the kitchen with great chefs, you can work alongside preparing thousands of food parcels or sorting donations out in the same warehouse. There is no upper age limit, in fact older the better, and you can do as many hours in the day that you can handle. There is so much to do, the atmosphere is radiant and you will feel very satisfied after and it's addictive. So please email us to register asap we will send you all the information you need re accommodation and travel and feed you mind body and soul. We are booking chefs for May and June now, please email [email protected] for more information and non-chef volunteers should email [email protected]
Also, please keep sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter, it really helps.
The situation here, though ever-changing, is not going away and we still need your help in every way to provide nutritious and vibrant hot food daily, your collective efforts and donations are keeping our sustained offerings diverse, tasty and heart warming.

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