A Hackney-based community food shop have launched a fundraiser to support their efforts to continue to serve their community.
For around a year, RISE 365 and Made Up Kitchen and young people from the Kingsmead Estate in Hackney have been providing weekly shopping to over 200 families (mostly African and Caribbean households) through a community food shop.
To date, they have distributed nearly 30,000 culturally appropriate dishes and over 20,000 bags of shopping.
There are around 20 teenagers involved in the project who assist with operations such as sourcing food from wholesalers, packing the food and delivering the meals.
However, the food shop is at risk of closing by mid-April without urgent funding, meaning that the group will be unable to assist those families in need of support during these difficult times.
A GoFundMe page has now been launched to help RISE 365 and Made Up Kitchen hit a target of £50,000 to continue their important work.
RISE 365 – which was founded by community leader Joyclen Buffong – also provides empowering opportunities through Pan-African classes, studies in black British history, creative media workshops and 1-to-1 mentoring.
They also have plans to create a Community Street Gym & Garden alongside its food and education programmes to support the mental and physical well-being of people on the Kingsmead Estate and the wider community.
“So far we have worked with limited funds, constantly applying for and not receiving grants, but our drive and vision in the power of Community Led Solutions is strong,” the fundraiser description reads.
“We do this because it’s vital and urgent, and we want to inspire our young people to know they can write their own narratives.”
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