Community kitchen launching in New Mills

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Local residents are invited to become part of the social eating revolution in New Mills at one of the county’s first Super Kitchens.

The kitchen will operate from St George’s Parish Church Hall where a working group has raised funds to launch Derbyshire’s third Super Kitchen in what is hoped to become a countywide network.

They will provide people of all ages with a healthy, nutritious, low cost meal in a friendly community setting.

Organisers hope the scheme will bring members of the community together and help to reduce social isolation residents who live and eat alone.

Supplies will come from national charity FareShare which uses surplus supermarket food which would otherwise be thrown away.

The New Mills kitchen will launch with a welcome event at St George’s Parish Hall on Friday May 6, between 5pm and 7pm, to give community groups interested in volunteering their services the chance to look around, meet staff and enjoy a free social meal.

Super Kitchens originated in Nottingham, and there is now a network across the Midlands thanks to the efforts of youth clubs, churches, food banks and charities.

Founder Marsha Smith said: “We’re pleased to see the scheme develop so well in the county in just a few months and the New Mills Super Kitchen is a welcome addition to the network.”

Meanwhile Derbyshire County Council has allocated £528,550 to find sustainable solutions to food poverty, help people struggling on low incomes and benefit delays and encourage social eating as part of its ‘Feeding Derbyshire’ strategy.

Plans include the establishment of two community kitchens in each borough or district, and a food depot to supply the kitchens and food banks with perishable food such as fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy produce and meat.

Anyone interested in starting up a kitchen should email or call 07816 203406.