Leeds community kitchen growing

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A project to help feed vulnerable people hopes to open its own breakfast club in the new year.

Morley Community Kitchen was set up just 12 weeks ago - the brainchild of Mike Robinson, group marketing manager at Gildersome-based Associated Waste Management Limited - after a visit to Wealstun Prison near Wetherby.

Mr Robinson said: “It became clear very quickly that this was not just a prison, it was a community and business that demonstrated such an effective example of circular economy and sustainability. The prison ran so efficiently and produced little or no waste. They had a variety of workshops that trained people and provided business services both for the prison and external clients.

“When I returned to work later that afternoon, it made me think of all the projects we were involved with and moreover how we could adapt them to replicate a more circular profile to enhance the sustainability and reduce waste.”

Morley Community Kitchen, which runs every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at The Church of Nazarene in Morrisons’ car park, was set up to try to bring people together and offer a place where they can discuss problems, find support and learn new skills while promoting health and wellbeing and cooking on a budget.

The group has donated food they could not utilise to the #fuelforschool project which feeds children prior to school. It now hopes to open its own #fuelforschool breakfast club alongside the community kitchen but needs volunteers to prepare meals for children.

The kitchen, part of Associated Waste Management’s corporate social responsibility programme, The Urban Project, has recently signed up to become one of The Real Junk Food Project’s Pay As You Feel cafes.