Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London

by Be Enriched
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London

As the Cost of Living crisis deepened, we opened the doors on a new Community Canteen.

We now spend every Wednesday in the Clapham Park Cube, working with volunteers to turn surplus food into a hot, healthy meal. Anyone is welcome, and we are already seeing many members of the community come together to spend time with their neighbours, and get some good food inside them.

The feedback at the canteen has been heartwarming, and we are so pleased we can be supporting more South Londoners. We are thankful for the support we've receieved from Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, Countryside and Clapham Park, as well as everyone who has volunteered and donated to get this new Canteen setup.

Alongside this work, we've also continued to support the Elephant and Castle and Tooting communities. Across December we welcomed more teams of volunteers into our exisiting canteens, and were able to host festive meals that brightened what can be a difficult time for so many.

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The Be Enriched team has been working hard over the summer to bring communities together, and help people eat well.

Our Community Canteens have continued to see awesome volunteers spend time in the kitchen transforming surplus food into healthy, three course meals. Across the last few months, we have welcomed many individuals, including a young man from Orchard Hill College, a Special Education Needs School for young people, as well as corporate groups, taking up the challenge of working together while giving back to the Elephant and Castle and Tooting areas.

Following their Cost of Living tips, our Communications team created and shared a variety of healthy recipes that could be made from leftovers or just five ingredients. Find out more on our website.

Our Food Bus attended a number of events, giving people the chance to come together and access healthy food. During the summer the bus attended two school fetes, ran cooking workshops at Brockwell Bounce, and collaborated with Brixton People’s Kitchen to provide two weeks of holiday fun and food for children who normally receive free school meals.

We know the winter is going to be even harder for the Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth residents and we are going to carry on doing what we can to feed, and enrich communities. We appreciate the support of everyone who continues to donate towards out efforts.

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It's been a busy start to the year here at Be Enriched and with lots of exciting stuff happening, we thought we'd give you a quick update on everything that's been going on with us.

With help from Wandsworth Council Be Enriched's The Food Bus was able to launch our project: Wandsworth Family Food Deliveries.

Over the Easter period, our Food Bus team delivered 40 free food packages to families with young children in Wandsworth! Each package contained a weekly shop with fresh fruit and veg, milk, cheese, eggs, yogurts, bread, cupboard staples, snacks for babies and children, plus some Easter goodies including chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. These were gratefully received by everyone!

In addition, we have been busy creating a hub of money-saving tips on our website in response to the Cost of Living Crisis. These are split across key areas including: shopping, heating and hot water, transport, and electricity. There are also links to other useful resources and financial support information! We have also been sharing our advice on our social media to reach as many people as possible. Check out our posts here.

We are also pleased to announce that we are now working with Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS), supporting their work bettering the lives of refugees living in South London. The reality of everyday life for many refugees can include living in temporary accommodation without access to kitchens, often with very limited food choices. Many also have no access to public funds, leaving them unable to buy food or hygiene products for themselves.

We have opened our canteens to any and all refugees and asylum seekers, offering a space where they can socialise with other guests and eat a three-course hot, nutritious meal. We will also be offering members of CARAS the opportunity to volunteer at the canteens, helping them build valuable cooking skills, and interact with other volunteers, whilst making a contribution to their new community.

To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee, Be Enriched teamed up with sister organisation Brixton Peoples Kitchen which hosted a community street party on the historic Lambeth Walk.

Alongside BPK, Be Enriched helped to plan and execute an incredible day with free food and a pop-up pay-as-you-feel Grocery Store. Residents were also asked to bring a dish to share, encouraging the community to come together, while enjoying performances from Mind and Soul Choir, local residents, and the Majorettes Hula Hoopers!

Last but not least- following on from being Highly Commended at the Social Value Awards, we were delighted to be nominated for the Community Organisation Award at the National Diversity Awards 2022!

This event celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root organisations that tackle the issues in today’s society, and we are very proud to be recognised for our work in the community.

Part of the decision rested on a public vote, and we would like to say thank you to everyone who showed their support for us.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Happy New Year! From all of us here at Brixton People's Kitchen.

While we know it is tradition to set a new years resolution, we've decided to keep ours the same- feed hungry people!

With limited services available to families over the festive period, Judy and Georgia worked up until New Year's Eve making sure our local community had meals to get them through until January.

Brixton People's Kitchen sourced, individually packed and distributed 60 bags of groceries to families in Lambeth. Each bag contained fresh, high quality (and even some organic) produce. Alongside this, we packed in some cupboard staples, including pasta, rice and cooking aids.

After our food van was packed full, we delivered these bags of groceries to families and set up convenient pick-up points for multiple families living in the same area.

But it isn't just about the food. We are called the People's Kitchen because our community is at the heart of everything that we do. It is about greeting our customers by name, meeting their babies who were born in lockdown 1, 2 or 3! Greeting them with a smile whilst standing in the cold by our van and wishing them all the best- and really meaning it.

It's January now, a New Year for all of us, but we know that the challenges of 2021 to not end here. So, we look forward to doing what we do for another year, and hopefully many more.

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At Be Enriched we've always marketed ourselves as providing more than food.

Our canteens are a place to develop new friendships, develop skills and improve well being.

We know our guests very well, all their issues, personal and societal as well as the latest edition to the family.

But most importantly over the years we've realised thta many do not recieve the support and benifits they are entitiled to. Sometimes it's because they haven't applied, sometimes because they don't think they will qualify, but mainly it's becasue they don't know about it.

With this in mind we have develeoped a leaflet alongside many other Wandsworth based organisations detailing all of this information.

We think it's great - what do you think?


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