London's Community Kitchen

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London’s Community Kitchen is a food charity that supports the community through the sad crisis of food poverty we are encountering here in the UK.

Over this past year during the Covid crisis, LCK have established an extensive network of suppliers of food provisions who all work using a ‘zero waste, zero hunger’ model. Working with other charities, they operate as a food hub for cooked food and run weekly food markets to serve families and the vulnerable who suffer from extreme food poverty within the Boroughs of Harrow, Barnet and Brent. In addition, they serve local schools and support Outreach projects and many other community projects.

Going forward, LCK will also be working on delivering education through Cookery projects. This will enable some of the most disadvantaged in our communities to gain an understanding of nutrition, qualifications and hence employment opportunities. 


Grants Awarded to LCK by One Kind Act   

17 September 2021: Their recently launched Plant To Plate Project provides an 8 week curriculum at schools to show children how to grow their own nutritious food and cook with what they have grown. A grant of £20,000 from the funds raised  by our Sponsor Partners Prideview Group (£5,000) and Calcot Services for Children (£15,000) will procure 10 Cooking Stations for use by children and adults as part of this Good Nutrition Programme.

10 June 2021: With OKA’s new LCK Appeal launched in January, we have been able to award a grant of £1,000 to LCK to allow the purchase of essential food supplies for desperate families during the pandemic. This grant has been made possible through the kind donations of all our Supporters for this LCK Appeal. 

4 May 2021: With OKA’s new LCK Appeal launched in January, we have been able to award a grant of £1,000 to LCK to allow the purchase of essential food supplies for desperate families during the pandemic. This grant has been made possible through the kind donations of all our Supporters for this LCK Appeal. 

5 April 2021: With OKA’s continued appeal for funds to help LCK, we have been able to award a grant of £4,620 to allow supporting families with essential food supplies during the pandemic. This grant has been possible through the kind donations from 1. The 'Run 100K for LCK' Challenge amazingly completed by Karun & Aditi which raised £1642 and which OKA topped up to £2000 from our own reserves. 2. Mishal Shah of £500 which was then matched by Goldman Sachs to make up to £1000 3. Supporters raising £810 which was then matched by Barclays Bank to make up to £1620.  

5 April 2021: With OKA’s new LCK Appeal launched in January, we have been able to award a grant of £1,000 to LCK to allow the purchase of essential food supplies for desperate families during the pandemic. This grant has been possible through the kind donations of all our Supporters for this LCK Appeal. 

3 March 2021:  With OKA’s new LCK Appeal launched in January, we have been able to award a grant of £1,500 to LCK to allow the purchase of essential food supplies for desperate families during the pandemic. This grant has been possible through the kind donations of all our Supporters for this LCK Appeal. 

2 February 2021: With OKA’s new LCK Appeal launched in January, we have been able to award a grant of £1,500 to LCK to allow the purchase of essential food supplies for desperate families during the pandemic. This grant has been possible through the kind donations of all our Supporters for this LCK Appeal. 

24 January 2021: With OKA’s continued appeal for funds to help LCK, we have been able to award a grant of £3,120 to allow supporting families with essential food supplies during the pandemic. This grant has been possible through the kind donations from our sponsor Prideview Group, from our supporters and from the noble efforts on part of OKA committee members (Naina Chohdha for the Xmas Appeal and Reeta Hosein From us to You Appeal) and from supplementary funds out of OKA’s own reserves.

22 November 2020: OKA have made a grant of £1000 to purchase food supplies for OKA Langar Day held at LCK on 27 November 2020.   

15 November 2020: OKA have made a grant of £8550 to LCK towards their Winter Appeal. This is part of their Community Outreach Project in Harrow to help support the Homeless on the streets, Shelters, Support houses, Women in Refuge and Socio-Economically Deprived Children. The monies will be used towards providing Winter Clothing packs and Children Xmas Food packs.  

2 November 2020: OKA have made a grant of £17680 to LCK to purchase a much-needed van for the distribution of food to the vulnerable and homeless affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. These funds were raised as a result of a rigorous government grant application.  

8 October 2020: In continuation of the support OKA wish to give LCK, we have made a further grant of £6000 (which includes £500 from funds received from Lloyds Bank Foundation under their Staff Matched Giving scheme for COVID-19) to help them towards maintaining the food supply they provide through home deliveries and food market for the vulnerable, homeless and the marginalised people of our Harrow community during this Covid crisis. 

3 July 2020: In continuation of the support OKA wish to give TRJFP/LCK, we have made a further grant of £1000 to helping them towards the hundreds of food parcels and local community cafe they provide for the vulnerable, homeless and the marginalised people of our Harrow community. 

9 June 2020: In continuation of the support OKA wish to give TRJFP/LCK, we have made a further grant of £400 to helping them towards the hundreds of food parcels and local community cafe they provide for the vulnerable, homeless and the marginalised people of our Harrow community. 

23 May 2020: In continuation of the support OKA wish to give TRJFP/LCK, we have made a further grant of £1350 to helping them towards the hundreds of food parcels and local community cafe they provide for the vulnerable, homeless and the marginalised people of our Harrow community. 

23 May 2020: In response to the pledges made for TRJFP at last year's Child of Mine Ball, a grant of £5,440 has been made to TRJFP/LCK. It may be the case that in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of the funds will follow the general principles of food poverty rather any exact purpose discussed at the time of the Ball. OKA feel reassured that the funds are being directed to where the immediate need arises during this Covid crisis; to provide the hundreds of food parcels and local community cafe they provide for the vulnerable, homeless and the marginalised people of our Harrow community. 

20 April 2020: TRJFP have responded to the Covid-19 crisis is a very big way. As well as running their Burnt OAK project, TRJFP have set the London Community Kitchen (LCK) in Harrow through the support of Harrow Council who have provided them very good premises. They have been enlisted onto the Harrow council “mini cobra committee” and have been given full access to the Council’s fleet of vans and social workers to help distribute hot food and parcels to the needy. TRJFP founder, Taz Gaffar, has been nominated to lead the distribution. TRJFP find themselves to be the only Hub currently operational in the Borough of Harrow. They are truly overwhelmed with the demands upon them; they are supplying on an average of 120 families with food provision daily as well as supporting several organisations including, Mind, Men cap, HAD, Relief, Harrow Care Homes and Northwick Park Hospital.  OKA have made a grant of £3500 to purchase long life food products, PPE and packaging for the distribution of food to residents defined as vulnerable in the Harrow area. 

11 March 2020: A grant of £3000 was made to purchase and repair kitchen equipment required for the Pay As You Go cafe at TRJFP in Burnt Oak, NW London.

14 December 2019: A grant of £1500 was made from funds raised at the Ethical Catering event held by OKA Associate, Ritu Soni, to support the local impoverished community of Burnt Oak, NW London.

28 November 2019: A grant of £4000 was made from funds granted by the Willesden Green Swaminarayan temple to buy Christmas presents for the children of the local impoverished community of Burnt Oak, NW London.  

10 November 2019: A grant of £5000 was made from funds raised at the 2019 Prideview Cricket Cup Challenge Day to support the local impoverished community of Burnt Oak, NW London.  

7 June 2019: A grant of £3500 was made from funds raised at various recent OKA events. The monies will be used to create storage space at the Harrow Cafe project, purchase kitchen equipment and signage for the Barnet cafe, and for general training of volunteers in the kitchen in Basic Food and Hygiene.        

10 December 2018: OKA were very clear we wanted to help source xmas presents for the children of low-income families in Burnt Oak being suported by TRJFP.  So OKA Associates Alisha Malhotra and Ritu Soni went out on a shopping spree to buy £300 worth of presents. OKA are proud to be able to help towards making Christmas a time of peace and love for those here in the UK in desperate need.        

29 July 2018: A further grant of £150 was made as a result of a fundraising initiative by Hilton HQ in celebration of the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity. Hilton HQ held an international bake sale to raise funds for The Real Junk Food Project. See further details on our Event page.  Furthermore, Hilton and TRJFP have joined hands in launching the first of their Bistro nights, when they served a 3-course meal created entirely from rescued food. It is so heart-warming that OKA have been able to facilitate a new partnership that will help towards the future success of this noble efforts by TRJFP in north west London. 

24 September 2017: A further grant of £2000 has been made to complete the expenses for the much-needed van to collect vast quantities of available provisions from local major food retailers. 

23 June 2017: A grant of £10,000 has been made to purchase a much-needed van to collect vast quantities of available provisions from local major food retailers. These provisions are then being made available to needy people in the local community at a pop-up shop in north west London. 


About One Kind Act

One Kind Act Change Communities and lives of others globally who suffer as a result of Poverty of Health, Nutrition and Education and may have Fallen Through The Net of the larger charities. Learn More here

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