Monthly Community Kitchen launches at St Luke’s Church

A new community initiative aiming to provide cooked, nutritious food for individuals and families has launched in South Leeds.

South Leeds Community Kitchen is supported by two local churches and runs on the second Sunday afternoon of every month at St Luke’s Church on Malvern Road, the next event is on Sunday 11 June 2023, 4-5:45pm.

The initiative has been launched with the intention to provide cooked, nutritious, tasty meals for those who attend, catering also for those who require vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and halal options. Each month, the meal is themed to reflect the community’s diverse backgrounds and tastes.

Jane Oginni, who coordinates the team every month has the following to say:

“You only have to walk around the supermarket on any given day to see the pains people are going to to try and stem the cost of rising inflation, buying less and often having to substitute out quality for quantity. It’s really important to me that any food we provide is fresh, tasty, wholesome and something I would be happy to serve my child, grandparent or loved one as a main meal.

“I want anyone struggling to feed themselves or their families to know there is no shame in it, we are all in this together. Please come and find a warm welcome, with no questions asked.”

Those who want to eat with others or who may struggle with isolation are also more than welcome to attend.

So far the team have rustled up Indian and Italian-inspired food, delicious and packed full of healthy ingredients – all guesses welcome for what might feature this month! The team who run the events ensure there are friendly faces for guests to chat with, optional activities, a family-friendly space with toys, as well as a quiet space.

No referral or advance booking is required, guests can simply turn up and enjoy. More information is available on the South Leeds Community Kitchen Facebook page.


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