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19 June 2020

A huge thank you to OpenKitchen!

Open Kitchens is a national food solution that brings together restaurants & their communities to fund, produce & deliver free meals to those in need.

How it works it that restaurants volunteer to open their kitchens & work for free to cook meals for those in need in their community. The community funds the meal costs and the pledging restaurants work to a budget of £1.85 per meal to cover costs and meals are then distributed for free. Open Kitchens works with charities & organisations to get meals to those in need in the community.

We have been fortunate enough to work with Open Kitchen to support our residents and provided them with good quality food during these challenging times.


We’ve received produce from Fare Share, the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, who’s chefs have volunteered to make fresh meals for our residents. They have also managed to get these food delivered by a company who have donated the use of their refrigerated vans. They have delivered over 4,000 meals across YMCA St Paul’s Group accommodations during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Open kitchens were able to supply as many surplus frozen meals as we needed (30,000 offered!) and each of our sites had tailor-made meals depending on religion, dietary requirements and whether they have children.

Thank you Open Kitchen!


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