Hello fine friends, family and RCK supporters, here’s a small update to keep you all in the loop.
After nearly a year and a half of service and over a million nutritious hot meals made and distributed from our kitchen at the L’auberge des Migrants warehouse HQ in Calais, we had our first official health and safety inspection from the local authorities, triggered by the mayor of Calais. We received the inspection report and although the officials were very impressed with our set up and systems they imposed refinements and environmental improvements that we had to undertake within a time frame of firstly 21 days for medium improvements and 60 days for major works.
For the medium improvements we created a changing room and have to have sufficient kitchen work clothes for all volunteers in our hot and cold kitchen, that’s at least 600 items. We must also upgrade our hand wash sink and extend our kitchen and storage daily and have weekly checklists and temperature records.
We have engaged with these initial changes and with the help of many kind people and groups we have achieved them within the allotted time frame.
The major works entail building a sanitary room around our existing hot and cold kitchen, within the warehouse (the enclosed kitchen will be approx 120m²), creating industrial extraction and re-plumbing & electrical works. We will use our recently refurbished kitchen truck over the building period to carry on providing our hot food commitments. The first use of our mobile kitchen will provide a robust test of it’s capabilities before we set it to work.
The Calais static distribution continues to grow (190 people yesterday, 170 the day before), 140 mobile take away meals in Calais, 500 hot meals served in Dunkirk, 1000 people provided for daily through the Dunkirk free shops (1650 pop), 380 people provided for weekly through the two unofficial refugee camps, 200 homeless people fed over three distributions per week in London.
To put that in monthly figures :
Monthly hot meals provided : 27,000
Individual Provisions provided monthly: 41,400
With your help this work continues, so please spread the word. If you or any one you know may want to get involved with volunteering or contributing in any way please let us know.
Endless thanks and love from all RCK team and supported communties xxxx