Reading Red Kitchen

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Fiscal Host: Accountable

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

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

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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

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Darron Anley

£2,066 GBP since May 2021

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Oxford branch

£600 GBP since Jun 2021

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Huw Birch

£560 GBP since Nov 2020

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Incognito

£550 GBP since Nov 2020

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Incognito

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IK

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Nick A

£420 GBP since Nov 2020

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Theo Chambers

£374.09 GBP since Sep 2021

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MRB

£300 GBP since Nov 2020

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Gemma Robaczynski

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Rachel Kershaw

£230 GBP since Nov 2020

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Julia Bywaters-Davis

£220 GBP since Nov 2020

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Katie

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News from Reading Red Kitchen

Updates on our activities and progress.

From new arrivals from Afghanistan to families settling in - we're supporting

Things are erratic, hectic, traumatising and hostile for asylum seeking migrants. Look at the work done by amazing groups like Freedom From Torture, Channel Rescue and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute to get a glimpse into the horrors...
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Published on October 27, 2021 by Aym

Come meet us, celebrate community

The big thing about community and solidarity isn't a "them and us" attitude. It's about understanding that asylum seeking migrants *are* our community. They are our neighbours, friends and more. So we're ve...
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Published on July 27, 2021 by Aym

Do you have an hour spare in the week?

The good part of being a solidarity collective, as opposed to a charity, is that we are 100% focused on supporting the people we c...
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Published on June 27, 2021 by Aym

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

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Today’s balance

£4,698.13 GBP

Total raised

£14,307.99 GBP

Total disbursed

£9,609.86 GBP

Estimated annual budget

£13,562.16 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).

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. We supported these vulnerable people with over 10,000 meals, clothes, phones, referrals and phone credit. for the year they were in Reading. Now, that our friends have been moved on, we've opened our doors and become a social foodbank for asylum seeking migrants.

That's where we come in. As a group of mates we knew we had to do something while the council, govt and others don't, and so we are. We work with amazing members of the community, regular people, who donate food, spare money and serve our friends . 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 dehumanizing process of claiming asylum in the UK.

Come and get involved, whether it's serving food (dm us on
Facebook or Instagram), sparing some money or donating some groceries. Solidarity, not charity.

Our team