Community kitchen for Kingswood

April 28 2021

HOT meals made for residents, by residents will make sure everyone in Kingswood and Hanham can eat dinner.

The BS15 community kitchen is being set up and run by volunteers to offer evening meals to anyone who wouldn’t otherwise make one.

The kitchen, which will use facilities on the High Street in Holy Trinity church hall, will make two hot meals each day. One will always be vegetarian, and recipes will include lasagne, chilli, pasta bake, sausage casserole and tagine.

Meals will be pre-ordered online or by phone, and will be delivered or can be collected from the church hall between 5pm and 8pm, two nights a week.

They will be offered on a ‘pay as you can’ basis, with people making any donations they wish to when they order the meal.

We are BS15

Vicky Robinson from We Are BS15, the community organisation setting up the kitchen, said they hoped to open later this month.

She said: “The community kitchen is run by the community, for the community and it’s there for anyone who needs it.

“That might be a keyworker who’s just come off a long shift and doesn’t have the energy to start cooking, or a parent who’s been busy looking after children and hasn’t had time to make themselves anything to eat.

“It’ll also be useful for anyone who doesn’t have facilities to cook, for example if their oven breaks down.

“There are so many reasons that people miss out on an evening meal and the community kitchen aims to plug that gap.

“Hopefully in the future, once Covid restrictions lift, we’ll be able to set up an area at the hall where people from across the community can eat together if they want to.”

The group, which Ms Robinson runs in conjunction with Reverend Beverley Charles of Holy Trinity church and a group of 15 volunteers, hopes around 50 to 100 people a week will benefit from the offer.

Local businesses who can support with food donations are being asked to get involved with the project, as well as anyone with an allotment who has surplus produce.

We Are BS15 is also trying to set up community allotments, because existing plots have long waiting lists.

Ms Robinson said: “We have already secured a plot behind the church hall and we’re looking at other places too.

“We’d like one of the sites to consist of raised beds so that people with mobility issues can access it. We’re also offering to help if anyone has an existing allotment that’s become a bit too much for them but they don’t want to get rid of it
altogether.”

The group is crowdfunding £5,000 to run the kitchen for the first six months. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/we-are-bs15

Businesses and volunteers able to help out with supplying or running the kitchen can get in touch via the website at www.wearebs15.co.uk