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.
….as Calais Kitchens hands over all it’s operations to RCK
Since the eviction of the Calais Jungle, we have been working to supply food to the nearby Dunkirk camp and street outreach teams in Paris and London but as the vast numbers of refugees have now left Calais we have decided go back to our beginnings one year ago when Refugee Community Kitchen and Calais Kitchens was one team.
One year ago today RCK served its very first meals to the refugee’s and volunteers living and working in the refugee camp in Calais, France called ‘The Jungle’.
Our first day we served 500 hot and healthy meals. On the menu that day was rice, dahl, salad, fresh fruit, bread and a drink. All produced from donated food from the UK and cooked by chefs and volunteers who gave up their normal lives to come and make a difference to others. It was the start of a year that we was not expecting when we decided to help in the growing crisis across the small stretch water in France.