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

Refugee Community Kitchen Spring update Sam & Steve

Hello people, over these last few weeks we’ve been wondering at the industry and thoughtful collective endeavours of all the volunteers that have made this project and all connected projects possible. This response has been spontaneously created to meet the needs of this crisis, a crisis which is an undeniably profound and sad symptom of what we know is wrong with our global political economy. Continue reading