Fundraiser by Clare Donovan : Cooking Champions Neighborhood Kitchen

We consider within the energy of meals as a drive for good

We’re opening the primary devoted group kitchen within the coronary heart of Enfield. This native hub will turn out to be a hive of free/low-cost food-based actions, bringing the group collectively for coaching, workshops and different occasions to assist the native neighbourhood.

Cooking Champions have been working to handle meals poverty for over two years. Offering meals packages was simply step one. Now it’s time to create long-term, sustainable assist for our borough by a longtime area that may educate and empower on all food-related issues. We’re excited to make this occur along with your assist!

Our challenge

The price-of-living disaster is inflicting concern, fear and stress for the nation. A shattering affect is anticipated, and it’ll hit Enfield arduous because the ninth most disadvantaged borough in London.

Cooking Champions Neighborhood Kitchen goals to alleviate monetary considerations for the local people by offering a devoted kitchen area for folks to return and prepare dinner without spending a dime. We would offer the meals, the kitchen area and have our skilled workers available to assist with any questions. In the end, we wish to break down the various limitations (akin to monetary or dwelling preparations) that forestall native folks from with the ability to prepare dinner the meals that they get pleasure from consuming and sharing the expertise with family and friends.

Nationwide meals charities have documented that monetary stress correlates with psychological well being difficulties. That’s the reason we wish our kitchen to be a protected and welcoming area for our group to get pleasure from collectively.

The issue

Enfield is an space going through excessive challenges with revenue inequality and poverty:

1 in 3 youngsters reside in poverty (Enfield Council)

16% of Enfield households have an annual gross family revenue of lower than £15,000

It’s the ninth most disadvantaged borough in London (Enfield Council).

Ponders Finish (the place the kitchen shall be primarily based) is among the many 10% most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in England

Add to this the stunning 80% enhance in vitality payments and the issue is crystal clear. On this disaster, now could be the time to take motion for many who want it probably the most.

The answer

The map under shows the share of households in poverty within the Borough of Enfield.

Our new group kitchen shall be primarily based within the epicentre of probably the most affected areas (in crimson), which means we’re in a first-rate location for offering assist.

Fundraiser by Clare Donovan : Cooking Champions Neighborhood Kitchen

By offering a community-focused hub of food-based assist, we purpose to make folks’s day-to-day lives extra manageable and in addition for the months and years forward.

In our first yr of operation, we wish to obtain the next targets:

  • Offering ‘Open Home’ kitchen periods each week, enabling folks to prepare dinner their very own meals without spending a dime.
  • Delivering a collection of meals training workshops that handle key well being points akin to adopting a low salt weight-reduction plan, dwelling with diabetes and sustaining a wholesome coronary heart.
  • Begin our coaching academy for 18-25-year-olds to show many various components of the meals trade, akin to changing into a chef, entrance of home and occasion administration.

What makes the programme distinctive

Whereas there have been many implausible pop-ups and non permanent kitchens within the space, the Cooking Champions Neighborhood Kitchen would be the first fastened area; a spot folks can depend on, run by folks they will belief.

Our ‘Open Home’ kitchen periods are a ahead step from donated meals. Members of the local people shall be given a choice of contemporary produce from meals distribution charity The Felix Undertaking and key cultural substances which are more durable to acquire in meals banks. This permits people to keep up comforting meals hyperlinks with their heritage or tradition, an vital consideration that’s usually tough to fulfill when receiving meals donations. If folks want some steering, a extremely certified member of our kitchen crew shall be available to supply recommendation and assist and there shall be copies of our tried and examined recipes to take dwelling.

We are going to present the usage of all tools and the related vitality prices freed from cost; this shall be an enormous monetary reduction. Most of the households we presently assist have usually requested for meals that doesn’t contain any cooking because of the prices concerned. Our groundbreaking scheme will present a protected area to create tasty and nutritious meals to be taken dwelling and used all through the week.

About Cooking Champions + why we’re those for the job!

We’re Cooking Champions – a food-focused organisation arrange particularly to profit and assist people and households in our North London group.

Our founder, Clare Donovan, launched Cooking Champions in Jan 2020 because the Covid outbreak hit the UK, offering meals for the homeless, NHS employees, folks isolating and households who wanted assist. Since April 2020, Cooking Champions have made and distributed over 50,000 meals for the communities round them, delivered meals packages each week, and hosted frequent fundraising occasions, pop-ups, themed dinners/events and workshops.

We’re passionate and proactive, utilizing the big selection of abilities of our core crew and unimaginable volunteers to sort out points inside our group. We work carefully with our recipients – we get to know them, their desires, hopes and considerations. We adapt to every individual’s wants in order that we’re serving people as finest we will.

Cooking Champions has in depth expertise working cooking classes, coaching and workshops in native colleges and group engagement. We have now launched a domestically primarily based working group to allow residents to have their voices heard. Their suggestions and concepts will actively form our initiatives and ensure they’re tailor-made to the wants of the individuals who use our companies.

Founder Clare was the primary Enfield Meals Alliance Coordinator and performed a basic half in establishing this borough-wide assist community, strengthening optimistic relationships with many native food-based organisations. As the necessity on this space is so nice, we wish to proceed collaborating with these companions by providing the kitchen to different teams to make sure it’s used to its full potential.

Our final aim at Cooking Champions was to run a devoted group kitchen. As a result of challenges confronted with financing it, together with an pressing should be reactive in offering emergency meals assist, our plans had been placed on maintain.

Now a couple of years down the road, with a much bigger crew, bigger group presence and an incredible community of volunteers and supporters, we’re in a extremely sturdy place to attain this aim.


To make our group kitchen a actuality, we’d like £15,000. The cash raised will go in the direction of:

  • Tools wanted for the kitchen
  • Power payments
  • Paying for employees
  • Important cooking provides
  • Venue upkeep

Closing feedback

We consider that meals is a drive for good. On a primary physiological stage it’s important to human existence, however you don’t need to delve very deep to see how meals can break down limitations, strengthen private connections and improve group cohesion.

This can be a time-critical scenario. We have now the drive, the information and the abilities to run this group kitchen. The opening of this area would be the distinction between some folks with the ability to eat or not. Will you assist us make it occur?

Please be aware: no raffles, sweepstakes, giveaways, or promotions are provided in change for any donations made to this GoFundMe.

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