Steve Wilson and his eclectic group of volunteers battle the food waste system establishing themselves as an alternative community kitchen with hopes of winning a £10,000 bid.
Following characters from The People's Kitchen over a period of 6 months the crew try to understand how the diverse group of volunteers organize themselves and whom the kitchen is for. Founder of the kitchen in Hackney Steve Wilson tells us the story of how the kitchen came about and where he aims to take it.
We delve into the extent of the food waste issue in London: piles of edible food labeled as condemned are seen, as mouths of the hungry remain unfed. The common sense approach of the Kitchen has lead to the exponential growth and spread of the idea across the capital with Kitchen popping up in Walthamstow, Finsbury Park, Elephant & Castle, Redbridge and Brixton.
The Kitchen caters for all as we see a doctor sit down to dinner with homeless people. The Kitchen proves itself not only to be a place where people come to eat but a space that allows people to express themselves, find a place in society and in some cases find love.
Whilst spending time in the kitchen and learning about the characters lives we remain aware about the ‘bid’ that will mean the difference between the kitchen being funded with £10,000 impacting on the equipment, outreach and paying some of the hardworking volunteers, and the kitchen having to function without any support.
This charming story illustrates alternatives ways to tackle food waste in the UK.
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