Whether you have supported the People’s Kitchen with a monetary donation or with food and clothing supplies, our Friends are keen to show you how all kind donations from the community, along with the hard work of our 200-strong volunteer force, reaches them.
Fresh organic veggies grown in the People’s Kitchen allotment by a group of green-fingered volunteers.
Allotment volunteer, John, tells us:
“I’ve been volunteering at the allotment for seven years. It’s amazing how far we’ve come at our current site which was slightly overgrown when we started, but is now beginning to flourish. It’s a great workout too with all the digging! We make sure we stay fuelled and warm with plenty of tea and coffee and a chat with the adjoining tenants.”
Store-room essentials donated from individuals, faith and community groups and businesses.
These are kept in our warehouse in a nearby industrial estate, where volunteers sort the goods, take orders of ingredients required for the following week and transport the orders to the Kitchen ready to be whipped up into hearty hot meals.
Particularly at Harvest time and Christmas, we receive many donations which ensure stocks are kept for the following months.
Clothing donations sorted and kept in our clothing store at the Kitchen.
Clothing orders are taken from Friends three days a week and given out any other time when Friends are in urgent need, selected according to each individual’s needs as best we can with current supplies.
Regular fresh food donations from our corporate partners, the likes of Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s.
Our volunteers take our van out twice a week to collect fresh produce that is reaching the end of its shelf life that can be used or given out immediately thereby, saving food waste.
In the Kitchen and Outreach
Used to make hearty and wholesome hot meals six nights a week, either at the Kitchen or from our van on the streets of the town on our Outreach nights.
Takeaways and Food Parcels
Bags of pre-prepared food including sandwiches and snacks are given out to Friends at available opportunities throughout the week: after meals at both the Kitchen and Outreach, and on Thursday afternoons when the clothing store is open.
A bit bait
A spread of soup, sandwiches, crisps and cake is prepared for Thursday afternoons which Friends tuck into when visiting to collect clothes or have a hot shower. Noone leaves the Kitchen with an empty stomach.
A key part of supporting friendships within the Kitchen community. Donated goodies such as popcorn and hot dogs are used for regular film nights and tea and biscuits at our book club (more on page 5). It is monetary donations that enable us to keep our minibus running so we can invite Friends on day trips including regular hikes.
What our Friends say
“Me mam used to make this (toad in the hole). It’s gorgeous.”
“This (Lynn’s chocolate cake) could be on that bake off show.”
“The lamb tagine was lovely. Really tender meat. Not something I would normally try but I would try it again”
“The pineapple upside down cake was delicious. Reminds me of school.”
“That was the best lasagne I’ve tasted (Kathy’s lasagne). I am a trained chef and it was restaurant quality.”
We are always keen for donations of food, clothing and toiletries to bolster our supplies, and anything we need that we don’t have in stock we purchase with donated funds. A small donation goes a long way and we are extremely grateful for all contributions.
For the clothing store, we are in urgent need of:
- men’s underwear
- men’s joggers
- men’s toiletries
If you have any unwanted items you would like to donate, you can simply drop them off at the Kitchen. Alternatively, you can purchase clothing via our Amazon Wishlist. For details, visit our website and click ‘Donate’: www.peopleskitchen.co.uk