‘Feeding people without judgement’

Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) was created in the Autumn of 2015 to help the refugees living in the camps of Europe.    

Having seen tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes and living in awful conditions in northern France, a group of us – event organisers, chefs, caterers, doulas, and activists – came together to offer assistance in the form of nourishing meals and access to fresh food daily.

We pulled together our skills and those of our resourceful friends, and anyone else drawn to help, and set up Refugee Community Kitchen to serve the camps at Calais and Dunkirk and beyond.

Since December 2015 RCK has:

  • Cooked every day, 7 days a week since 1st of December 2015  
  • Cooked over 570,000 meals  
  • Served over half a million tonnes of food 
  • Built industrial kitchen in L’Auberge des Migrant warehouse, Calais 
  • Created cold food distribution facility in L’Auberge des Migrant warehouse, Calais 
  • Supported all the Community kitchens in Calais camps with food and equipment
  • Designed and Built 7 communal kitchens in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Built free shops and sheltered communal areas in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Built and equipped the Kurdish Community kitchen in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Designed and built food storage facility supplying Kurdish Community Kitchen in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Fully equipped functioning Community bakery in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp including tandoor ovens
  • Organised and stocked containers with essential food items for Syria
  • Delivered food and aid to volunteer groups on the ground in Paris


  • Grande Synthe Camp
  • Belgium Kitchen, Calais
  • Ashram Kitchen, Calais
  • Kitchen in Calais, Calais
  • The Syrian kitchen in Grande Synthe Camp
  • Calais Kitchens Cold food distribution 

All the above kitchens and initiatives were built and run in conjunction with various grass roots and Non-Government-Organisations, that work 24/7, are run solely by volunteers and are supported by crowd funders and vital food and money donations.To see more about these organisations please check our thank you page

Steve Bedlam(Events), Sam Jones(Chef), Paula Gallardo(Doula),Janie Mac(Activist and Lecturer)

– the founders of this humanitarian mission.