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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Summer at RCK

Work continues everyday in our temporary kitchen, supplying 2600 meals per day to refugees in the Calais and Dunkirk area. We are sadly very low on funds for the daily output and maintenance of our kitchen, coupled with the costs of building our new expanded kitchen to meet growing need and to fulfil French health and safety regulations.
After much planning and preparation, physical work has started on the construction of our new kitchen, we have had some very kind help with some costs toward this but are still very much in need of financial support.

With your help we have achieved so much, since our first meals cooked on the 1st of December 2015 we have made and distributed over 1,500,000 meals, not missing a day of service. This service has made a huge difference to many thousands of people, with your help we hope to continue this work here and in other areas of great need.

If you or any friends or groups you may know could help with fundraising please let us know, or if you can support us with a donation of any size, as a one off payment or a monthly donation, RCK and the people we support would be eternally grateful.

Health & Safety…

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.

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One year on…

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.

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What it takes to cook 2500 meals in RCK every day

Every day to cook the food we serve to the residents in the Calais and Dunkirk camps we use every penny you donate as wisely as we can.
We are cooking 2500 meals a day at least, with the numbers rising daily.
The cooks are ploughing through huge amounts of food:
100 kilos of dried beans every day
150 kilos of rice every day
150 kilos of onions every day
10 kilos of garlic every day
80-100 kilos of salad every day
20 litres of sunflower oil every day
10 litres of olive oil every day
5 kilos of salt every day
8 kilos of spices and chilli every day
Plus as much bread and fruit as we can muster to hand out every day, all
lovingly prepared by tireless volunteers.
Without your donations, we can not sustain this output.
Huge gratitude to all of you that are helping every day – without you all this would not be possible – let’s do more!

Update on The Grand Synthe/La Linere Camp (Old Dunkirk)

Our build work in Dunkirk is now complete and we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who have supported all of us along the way. Without your donations we would never have been able to build the onsite community catering kitchen, wood fired self-service kitchens, sheltered communal areas, woman’s area and free shops, that enabled the refugees in the new camp at Dunkirk to create and cook their own meals for themselves, their friends and families. Not only could they cook nutritious meals to their own taste but it restored much needed dignity in a camp that, though new, was still woefully free of amenities.

Working together with MSF, Refugee Community Kitchen, Aid Box Convoy, Artists in Action, Finn Kay and Rob Crook we’ve managed to put some light in the darkness which would never have been possible without your generosity. Every penny you donated, every pound you raised was spent on this worthy cause and we are all beyond grateful, and we know the refugees are too.

On the visit we made to camp just a few days ago our hearts where overjoyed to see all communal kitchens being used in full swing, different cultures sharing space, wood and ingredients, cooking in shifts and sharing times together eating and chatting. Delicious foods of all sorts being made, paratha’s, chips, curries, dal, rice, pasta, soups and salads. The rockets stoves seem to have been mastered by all, achieving all power needs, from frying to boiling to simmering, the taste of the wood smoke adding to the delicious taste of the food, that was offered to us by all we met, Kurdish, Iranian, Iraqi, and Afghani alike, the gratitude and thanks was overwhelming.

Although the build of Dunkirk communal kitchens is now complete, we at Refugee Community Kitchen continue to supply hot meals daily and support dry food distribution to over 1000 refugees in Dunkirk and over 9000 refugees in Calais – our new fundraiser can be found here.

Again, thank YOU so very much xx

The RCK Team xxxx