Reading Red Kitchen

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We are a solidarity focused project who use food to bring people together and help people in food poverty. We are not a charity. We believe in working with people, without bureaucracy or hierarchy.

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Local Friend

You're giving us enough to buy wet wipes for mums each month, or give one person phone credit.

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£10 GBP / month

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Local Hero

Your support helps us buy toiletries and underwear for people who need it most.

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£20 GBP / month

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+ 8
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Local Legend

Your support means shoes, underwear, phone credit and essentials for people who have so little. We are a solidarity collective, every penny goes di... Read more

£50 GBP / month

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Individuals

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Nick A

£300 GBP since Nov 2020

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MRB

£300 GBP since Nov 2020

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Incognito

£250 GBP since Nov 2020

4
Huw Birch

£250 GBP since Nov 2020

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Incognito

£250 GBP since Feb 2021

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IK

£200 GBP since Jan 2021

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Marcela Jara

£200 GBP since Feb 2021

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Rachel Kershaw

£110 GBP since Nov 2020

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Julia Bywaters-Davis

£100 GBP since Nov 2020

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Katie

£100 GBP since Nov 2020

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Ann Frank

£100 GBP since Nov 2020

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Alex Doak

£100 GBP since Nov 2020

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Guest

£100 GBP since Nov 2020

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incognito

£100 GBP since Nov 2020

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Sara Vallender

£100 GBP since Dec 2020

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The Social Change Nest

£18 GBP since Nov 2020

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News from Reading Red Kitchen

Updates on our activities and progress.

Hunger strike & keeping families connected

The conditions in the hotel accommodation in Reading, and indeed across the UK, are horrendous. They are not fit for purpose. With some folks stuck in the accommodation coming up to a year, things peaked in February with a 2-day hunger stri...
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Published on February 21, 2021 by Aym

A community together

It’s been an incredible start to the year, and we have so many hopes, ideas and energy for our asylum seeking migrant friends thanks to the amazing ...
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Published on January 31, 2021 by Aym

10,000 meals for migrants in 2021

In March, a tiny cluster of friends started Reading Mutual Care for the Coronavirus, blooming into a massive operation of hundreds of volunteers across Reading, delivering food and medicine to vulnerable people. In May, a f...
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Published on December 30, 2020 by Aym

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

Financial contribution to Reading Red Kitchen

from Guest

+£13.00GBP
Completed

Foodbank fresh food

by Halima SadiaApril 11, 2021

-£14.85 GBP
Paid
Receipt #38252

Monthly financial contribution to Reading Red Kitchen (Lo...

from Caitlin O'Connor

+£10.00GBP
Completed
£
Today’s balance

£1,504.47 GBP

Total raised

£6,514.62 GBP

Total disbursed

£5,010.15 GBP

Estimated annual budget

£11,321.85 GBP

About


We are a solidarity focused project who use food to bring people together and help people in food poverty.

We are not a charity. We believe in working with people, without bureaucracy or hierarchy. We receive no formal funding. We just want to work directly with the community to support our migrant friends, without the red tape (but all of the safeguarding).

Right now we are focused on supporting asylum seekers in Reading. Usually, Reading shamefully accepts very few asylum seekers. However, during lockdown, many migrants who've been denied asylum or are awaiting a decision are stuck in limbo, with their tiny asylum allowance confiscated. This is because the accommodation they're stuck in is providing 'care' via a private security firm. So what does that care look like, that they should have no money to buy pants or baby food or toothpaste? Two plain pasta meals and tiny dry shampoo sachets.

That's where we come in. As a group of mates we knew we had to do something, and so we are. We work with amazing members of the community, regular people, who cook meals, spare money, buy toiletries and donate clothes. We then sort them, serve them, and offer as much emotional support as we can while our friends, often fleeing brutal conditions, go through the dehumanisng process of claiming asylum in the UK.

Come and get involved, whether it's serving food (DM us on FB), sparing some money or cooking some meals. Solidarity, not charity.

Our team