Burnley Community Kitchen
You may remember that we ran a collection at Christmas for food bank donations - the donations collected at TGS Burnley & TGS Colne were taken to the Burnley Community Kitchen (Colne doesn't currently have a food bank as such so the Burnley Community Kitchen is the closest).
Last week Jonathan and I visited the Burnley Community Kitchen and met Anita who gave us a quick tour and explained what the Community Kitchen is.
So what is the Burnley Community Kitchen and what does it provide?
Half of the Burnley Community Kitchen is a food bank - if you're struggling to afford your essentials then the food bank is there for you.
The friendly and welcoming staff run through a quick assessment - nothing scary, they ask a few questions to get a better view of the current situation (is this a short term/ long term situation for example), then ,after the assessment, they will give guidance on which other services are available to get any extra help that's required.
Once the assessment is done one can grab a shopping basket and collect the items they want & need. It has the layout of a supermarket with fridges & freezers for chilled and frozen goods, a fantastic selection of fresh vegetables and then shelving for the ambient goods - things like dried & tinned foods, bread and toiletries.
The food bank currently gets plenty of bread, vegetables, chilled and frozen goods through some larger business but their current need is for tinned items and toiletries - the food bank survives on donations.
There's a Cafe, tables & chairs, a kids corner so the little ones can play while you enjoy a brew and there's plenty of books and reading space. They have a lovely big kitchen where they run cooking sessions too.
They have a few computers set up for typing up CVs, updating Job Centre journals and hunting for jobs. Plus they run sessions and have volunteers on hand to help with things like setting up an email address and general use of a PC.
What can I do to help?
The Community Kitchen is a charity and it needs donations & volunteers to help keep the place running.
Our Burnley & Colne stores now have a 'Drop off point' for Food Bank donations.
Anything you can offer is greatly appreciated but right now toiletries and tinned foods are the main items they are in short supply of.
- Tooth brushes
- Sanitary towels/ tampons
- Tinned beans/ spaghetti
- Tinned meats/ fish
- Tinned meals
If you find yourself with some spare time and you would like to do something for the community then get in touch with the Community Kitchen about volunteering - you don't need any special skills as they will give you training for various things - customer service, barista training etc.