It's been a busy summer, with our three Community Canteens welcoming many guests, each and every week!
As the Cost of Living challenges have become the new normal, people have increasingly needed access to a good, hot meal, while also benefitting from the chance to spend time with their neighbours.
It’s been heartening to see more volunteers join us in our canteens as well, including teams from local companies. We've had lovely feedback from those who have spent their time turning surplus food into a delicious three course meal, including:
"I would do it again! It was perfect, and the feeling of giving back to community can never be matched".
"Excellent, very enjoyable, the time went very quickly!"
Everyone is welcome at our projects, and we know that as the winter months start to draw in, time at our canteens is going to be increasingly important. We'll carry on working hard #EnrichingCommunities and supporting Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth in the coming months. If you feel able to support our efforts, we appreciate all donations.
Supporting people during the Cost of Living Crisis
By Andy | Communications Officer
As many South Londoners feel the pressures of the Cost of Living Crisis, our Community Canteens have continued to offer a warm space to meet others and enjoy a healthy meal.
Every week our canteens in Clapham, Elephant and Castle, and Tooting welcome guests for a lunch, cooked by volunteers using surplus food. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Across the last three months, some amazing dishes have been created by our regular helpers, plus a number of teams from corporate organisations, giving up their time to help our work enriching communities.
We have also been colloborating with other organisations to further support our guests. In April, we welcomed CREW Energy to our Tooting Canteen to provide a helpful Advice Surgery, with their team giving out lightbulbs and reflective sheets for radiators. On another occasion, our guests were treated to some lovely, fresh juice, donated by local business, the Get Juiced Bar. We hope to work with more groups in the future.
Thank you to all who have supported our efforts with a donation. There's plenty more to do and we'll keep working hard to support the people of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth.
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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