Here at Startacus, we never tire of hearing stories about people who are initiating and leading innovative and inspiring projects that could teach us all a thing or two. The latest such project that we’ve discovered is the aptly named ‘The People’s Kitchen’. In essence this London based community initiative has a clear purpose - “Food by the People for the People”. It aims to both provide a community service whilst also helping to educate and enlighten about the whole issue of food waste. Since the issue of food waste is one which costs billions of pounds annually, we reckon any attempts to resolve or alleviate its’ impact ought to be supported wholeheartedly!
There are 3 key elements to the project. Firstly, ‘waste food’ or produce is provided to the project by local shops, markets, restaurants and supermarkets and is collected and delivered by a team of volunteers. Another team of volunteers then prepare and cook the quality produce and serve it to the public. The food is all provided on a donation basis, where a ‘pay what you want’ system applies. Even the equipment that is used to prepare the meals has been donated or provided for free. The enthusiasm of the volunteers and the sheer passion of the organisers are what has led to this project’s success, of course the fact that it has been so openly embraced by the local community has played a major part too! So much so in fact that The People’s Kitchen is now held at 3 different locations in the capital.
Such a simple concept. Such a worthy cause. We heart these guys.
Interested in starting your own The People’s Kitchen where you are? It can be done - just check this out for all you need to know.