Volunteering for RCK

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

Wishing you all a Peaceful & Happy New Year!

Our new kitchen is up and running!

It never even crossed our minds to close when the French authorities told us we’d need to undertake this massive, expensive project!

With your continued support and the work of amazing volunteers of Refugee Community Kitchen we built a new kitchen. We are so full of gratitude Matt CurtisThomas ChambonAlex Ch and everyone else who made this happen. Thank you!

New kitchen…nearly ready!

Six months ago we balked when the French authorities told us we needed to upgrade to a restaurant grade kitchen if we wanted to continue supporting refugees. The same authorities who where taking shoes, slashing sleeping bags and spraying pepper spray in water tanks, were concerned that we weren’t washing the salad for displaced peoples correctly. This demand however would bring us up to local norms, and would be a great improvement in functionality.

The amount of money and work needed was immense and intimidating, but after many hundreds of hours of planning, fundraising, and building we are proud to say that our new kitchen is almost ready!

RCK November Newsletter

Hello Fine Friends, Family & RCK Supporters,

It’s windy & rainy here but thankfully temperatures have not yet dipped to the normal biting autumn conditions. That being said, winter is coming.

Besides making 2550 meals a day (over 75,000 a month), and providing ingredients to those with cooking capacities, we are working hard on the new kitchen (it’s almost finished) and raising funds and awareness. We’ll needyour help if we are going to support people during the brutal winter months! 

Our work is hard but we’re blessed compared to the 1200-1500 people living in horrible conditions in northern France. Local authorities continue their dissuade & disperse tactics, including violent dawn raids, bedding destruction, theft of footwear, etc., as if living outdoors without basic sanitation wasn’t bad enough.

We are dangerously low on funds, in order to carry on we need your help

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Our unbroken service of almost 23 months has been made possible by your enthusiasm and consistent help! We thank all who continue to support us and all that are getting involved.

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Refugee Community Kitchen

PS.
Here’s a sneak peek from the RCK recipe calendar we’re putting together. Soon you’ll be able to support us by buying a calendar full of our favorite soul-warming recipes! 

Sabzi-Chickpeas-Basmati

By Ugo Alessandro Conti

Ingredients

– 400g Basmati

– 400g Cooked Chickpeas

– Herbs: Dill, Coriander, Parsley, Mint,Leeks/Spring Onions

– 5 Cloves of Garlic cloves

– Salt

– Sunflower Oil

– Olive Oil

Method

Wash rice then soak in salted lukewarm water for about an hour.

Heat the oven to 190. Roast the chickpeas in olive oil and salt for 20 minutes-ish until golden & crunchy.

Peel the garlic and chop into chunks. Wash the Herbs and chop them finely.

Drain the rice then boil the mix of Herbs in water, oil & salt. Bring back to boil, wait five minutes and then boil the Basmati for 4/5th of the cooking process of the grain (until it is about 75% done). Drain.

Take a pot. Oil the bottom of it and add a sprinkle of water, add the rice, roasted chickpeas and garlic. Put the lid on and steam for 40 minutes on medium-low heat without opening.

At this point you should have a nice an fragrant smell of rice and herbs. Flip the pot upside-down and serve this crispy cake-shaped rice dish.

Lord Dubs & Barbara Winton visit RCK

We had an inspirational and motivational visit to the kitchen in Calais from Lord Alf Dubs and Barbara Winton, escorted by the lovely people from Help Refugees & Safe Passage UK.

Alf Dubs shared his story with all the volunteers of having been a child on the Kindertransport in 1939 and how it has inspired him to lobby the UK government to take more child refugees. His story was moving and empowering for all the volunteers in Calais to believe that the work we are doing is important and making a huge difference to peoples future.

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STILL Feeding the Need: Supporting the refugees in Calais

The refugee crisis in Calais and Dunkirk is presently worse than it’s ever been and help is needed more now than ever. This film is an overview of the present situation and a plea for help.

Since the dismantlement of the Calais Jungle and the fire in Dunkirk, Refugee Community Kitchen is now the only organisation from the UK making food and are currently serving 2500 portions a day.

The refugees continue to arrive, fleeing their uninhabitable homelands – hoping to find some peace and a place to settle. They are living in extremely difficult conditions, they have no services and no safe places. As there are no camps, they are being forced into the woods and wasteland, avoiding the authorities and face continual police harassment.

All volunteering, donations and sharing of info is greatly appreciated. Please spread the word and/or volunteer if you can spare the time.