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empowering our community through food


The Kitchen provides a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together around the shared experience of food.

We use food surplus to tackle the issue of food poverty and inequality, ensuring our food is financially accessible to all.

We believe that good food doesn’t have to be expensive.

We know that how much people have to spend on food varies widely which is why all our prices are Pay-As-You-Feel?. This means that those who can, help those who need a little extra support.

Its not just about food. It’s about using it to bring people together.


Food Surplus

We work with FareShare UK, a national charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty. They collect surplus fit for purpose? products from the food and drink industry and redistribute them to organisations working with disadvantaged people in the community.

We take the produce they supply and use it to create delicious, low cost dishes for everyone to enjoy. We also work with a number of amazing local restaurants, cafes, caterers and other food businesses to repurpose their surplus.

Community Fridge

The average family waste 470 tonnes of food per year, meanwhile some 4m people live in food poverty.

The Community Fridge is a simple response.

Members of the public drop off good but unwanted food. We check it is safe to eat, and that the packaging is undamaged. We store it in the fridge or freezer as appropriate.

Anyone can help themselves to what is on the shelf.


As part of The Kitchen’s overall commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle we are registered as a public drop off/collection point for a number of TerraCycle schemes.

TerraCycle offer free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help people collect and recycle their hard-to-recycle waste. The Kitchen offer collection points to enable locals to start collecting in their home, school, or office and drop of the relevant waste to us.? The waste is then shipped for free to TerraCycle to be recycled, in exchange for rewards for The Kitchen to help us help bring our community together over good, accessible food.