Open Collective
Open Collective

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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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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Huw Birch

£1,060 GBP since Nov 2020

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Incognito

£1,050 GBP since Nov 2020

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Incognito

£800 GBP since Feb 2021

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Gemma Robaczynski

£800 GBP since Apr 2021

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IK

£700 GBP since Jan 2021

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Nick A

£620 GBP since Nov 2020

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Oxford branch

£600 GBP since Jun 2021

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Jules Morrison

£550 GBP since Feb 2021

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Katie

£420 GBP since Nov 2020

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Alex Doak

£420 GBP since Nov 2020

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incognito

£420 GBP since Nov 2020

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Becca Tizzard

£400 GBP since Mar 2021

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Rachel Kershaw

£390 GBP since Nov 2020

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Helen Roche

£382.5 GBP since Sep 2021

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News from Reading Red Kitchen

Updates on our activities and progress.

We're not surprised at what's happening in Ukraine

Because we know that as long as profit and power drive most of our societies, war, and the humans displaced by it, are inevitable. That's why we need your help to bolster our support as we prepare for in influx of friends from Ukraine - alt...
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Published on March 4, 2022 by Aym

Tombola, free yoga & more

Okay, we say it all the time, but how awesome is Reading? Abbey Baptist Church heard about our work over a year ago and proactively reached out to us to offer us help. Castle Tap pub and Yoginah too, Aisha Masjid have been ...
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Published on February 3, 2022 by Aym

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

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

by Ian Grainger

-£250.85 GBP
Paid
Receipt #90438

by Steve Chapman

-£132.26 GBP
Paid
Receipt #89493

by Simisola Lawal

-£33.00 GBP
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Receipt #89437
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Today’s balance

£4,270.56 GBP

Total raised

£23,171.28 GBP

Total disbursed

£18,900.72 GBP

Estimated annual budget

£14,137.10 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