London Community Kitchen

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Introduction

Initially, the Real Junk Food Project, set up to help eradicate child hunger in UK, started up an enterprise to address this in our local community of Burnt Oak, NW London in the same way as they had successfully done in Leeds. 

More recently since April 2020, the same operation took roots in Harrow as the London Community Kitchen, in order to tackle the onset of food poverty for the vulnerable, the homeless and the marginalised members community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis (see below under Update details).      

Impact

To facilitate a Community ‘pay as you feel’ café in Edgware by purchasing a van to collect vast quantities of available provisions from local major food retailers.




Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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.  

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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 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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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.

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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.

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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.  

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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.  

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act    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.        

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act   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.                        

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act   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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act   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. 

Update - Grant Provided by One Kind Act   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. 




Details

The Real Junk Food Project London seeks to eradicate child hunger in UK.   A routine shopping trip to Morrisons by an OKA Associate saw children waving their buckets to collect for their own breakfast clubs. This led to a conversation and OKA offering help.

Too often in UK children from poor families or those neglected by their parents live in hunger. They go to school without nourishment and struggle to concentrate in class due to hunger pangs.   

 The Real Junk Food Project London aims to provide cafés and breakfast/homework clubs for vulnerable families.

The model is based on their founding charity in South Africa where local farmers use produce to feed children in local schools. Unsurprisingly there was an improvement in attendance, behaviour and an eagerness to learn.

The Real Junk Food Project London has started to identify local communities where such need is the greatest. One such community is based in northwest London.The Real Junk Food Project London has secured premises where a ‘pay as you feel’ café and a breakfast/homework club can be provided after refurbishment of its kitchen facilities. Planning permission has been sought for.  

In the meantime,  The Real Junk Food Project London is putting the premises to good use by setting up a pop-shop where local people can come and collect food they otherwise can’t afford. They have secured a contract with local food retailers, including major outlet Morrisons, to collect provisions that can be used for this purpose. The potential for this service is huge as many food retailers have provisions they can give. Transport of these provisions is the biggest hurdle. 

One Kind Act believes it is so very important that we help our local community. Therefore, OKA have come forward to purchase a vehicle for them so that they may continue with more ease the noble work they are doing.  

There is something distressing and so wrong about young children starving in this day and age in a relatively wealthy country like UK.  The Real Junk Food Project London is trying to fill that gap. One Kind Act is aiming to facilitate it.

 

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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