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Brixton People's Kitchen

by Be Enriched
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen
Brixton People's Kitchen

With the unpredicable weather we have been having in the UK, which has affected the production of fresh produce from farms and therefore increasing the cost of food for everyday folks, it has been more important than ever to ensure we are providing healthy food at a reasonable cost. And especially for the kids missing their free school meals.

That's why this summer we've been providing a FREE LUNCH to all the children coming through the cafe and encouraging them to take part in a free sport activity. A lot of these kids are teenagers who normally wouldn't eat a vegetable and have an unhealthy staple diet of fried foods, but we're introducing new vegetables and ways of preparing food every day.

One group of girls told us that their mother "works nights and is too tired to cook for us in the day time [during holidays]" so they were really happy to have somewhere to come to eat. These are the realities of working parents and the struggle to feed kids in the holidays.

We hope during this time you'll consider making an additional donation to the project as we only have enough funding to feed the 30 young people attending for 2 more weeks. With an extra £3000 we can cover the rest of the holidays.

Our lovely new cafe space
Our lovely new cafe space

It has been an exciting start to the year for Brixton People's Kitchen, as we have moved into our brand new cafe space in Vauxhall!

The new space is on the site of a community sports centre, The Black Prince Trust, and is a perfect location match for our friendly and relaxed ethos, where everyone is welcome. As partners of The Black Prince Trust we are now working alongside a number of fantastic youth projects which we are really excited to collaborate with. 

We have been busy spreading the word about the new cafe around the local area, and hosted a successful community day which encouraged local residents to come along and check it out. We are working on networking amongst local businesses and community initiatives, and are looking forward to developing collaborative relationships across the local area, in the hope that we can continue to fight food poverty and social isolation.

As well as being a lovely space for customers to sit and enjoy some delicious food and hot drinks, we are keen to open our cafe doors to the local residents to use for community events or workshops of all sorts, such as knitting, painting or fermenting!

Kemi in the sun at our community day!
Kemi in the sun at our community day!
GoodGym giving us a hand
GoodGym giving us a hand

           Thanks for all the support over Christmas!

We were able to share the joys of the season with our regular guests, new volunteers and becasue we had so many presents, even another organisation.

Our Chief was named stylist woman of the week!

and then....

We partnered with a sports centre to bring healthy fresh affordable food into an estate in Vauxhall, London, in the form of a community cafe. Our vision to get more vegetables into teenagers is beginning to be realised!

With good, careful planning and community focused marketing plan we hope that this cafe will start to bring in a regular income, which will enable us to relax, and not be so reliant on grants and donations from kind people like yourselves.

We've been putting in extra hours cleaning, sanding and painting. Our friends at the Tate have donated a whole bunch of equipment, our trustees and directors have been getting dirty and then clean again, But it is hard work and it does cost us money -so we're trying to raise

                                                        £2000 for a coffee machine

this month. It will pay back its cost within 4 months and from then on it'll be good coffee and happy days for all our guests benifitting from the proceeds. Anyone feeling generous?

Here's some photos of us at work!

GoodGym giving the oven a scrub
GoodGym giving the oven a scrub
Happy days sanding boxes with GoodGym
Happy days sanding boxes with GoodGym

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Christmas is coming!

At BPK we're already planning how we can make Christmas special for everyone especially those most excluded due to sociao economic issues and age.

We've already started planning our community workshops so people can give personal gifts, they're fun to do as a group and will help people save money.

Here's a little taster and if you like it please make a Christmas donation to us!

Home made Snow globes

  • Cake ornament
  • Glitter
  • Clear glue
  • Warm water
  • Old Jam jar
  • Spoon
  • Glue gun or super glue

Step 1: Glue your ornament to the inside of the lid and let it dry

Step 2: Add a spoon of clear glue and warm water to your jar and stir

Step 3: Add coloured glitter and stir

Step 4: Add superglue to the inside rim of the lit and quickly Screw it on tightly

Step 4: Or screw the lid on tightly and then using a glue gun secure the rim of the lid

Step 5: Shake and enjoy!

Theres been a heat wave for the past few months, in the UK and also in our Kitchens.

We've been spicing things up by introducing participants of our CooksForce project to different ways of flavouring food.

For example did you know you could subsitute Agave for honey or sugar. Much better for your health and half the sugar

Try Cumin to add a Middle Eastern flavour. The spice as well as being one of the most popular in the world has a strong, highly fragrant savory spice and provides the unmistakable smell and taste of classic falafel or hummus

Add Nutmeg to dessert dishes and porridge and a pinch into your bologanse. It adds extra flavour to a hot chocolate too.

Flavour your coffee with Cardamom pods to give it an Arabic flavour.

Turmeric is found in many dishes, mostly meat and vegetables recipes adding a yellow colour to rice. It is only used in ground form and has a bitter, medium flavor so use sparingly.

All these spices can be found very cheaply in local markets and shops and really change the flavour of normal dishes into something very spectacular.

So we've been sharing our knowledge with locals and learning from them to.

Please keep supporting us to Cook, Eat, Share and learn

 

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Be Enriched

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @be_enriched
Project Leader:
Kemi Akinola
London, England United Kingdom

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