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H&F fights to end food poverty with new Shepherds Bush community kitchen

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Image captionImage 1: Cllr Ben Coleman (pictured centre left) with chefs, volunteers and residents at the opening of the new community kitchen on the Edward Woods Estate

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has opened a new community kitchen on the Edward Woods Estate in its war on food poverty in H&F.

The council teamed up with food charity, UK Harvest, to transform a disused space on the Shepherds Bush estate in St Anns’ Road into the Nourish Hub for local residents in need with a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ cafe.

It will now feed thousands of people in need each week and will sit at the heart of the community.

“No resident should go hungry in this day and age in one of the wealthiest cities in the world,” said Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

“We’re determined to put an end to food poverty and give residents the support they need to eat healthily as food bills rocket.”

The new Nourish Hub is providing opportunities for local people to come together to cook, eat and learn about how to eat more healthily, with food cooked and served on a daily basis at the cafe. It will also offer learning and training opportunities to local people in the community.

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Image caption: Image 2: Interior of the Nourish Hub ‘pay-as-you-feel’ cafe

Nourish project

The new community kitchen forms part of our Nourish project to end food poverty and tackle the climate emergency in H&F.

Everyone is welcome to the Hub’s cafe which is open Monday to Friday from noon to 2pm. It serves a creative vegetarian and vegan menu. The restaurant is run by professional chefs, an in-house nutritionist, and a dedicated team of volunteers.

We’re working with our partners to bring greener, healthier and more sustainable improvements to the local community and open spaces with schemes on the Edward Woods estate, as well as the White City estate.

The council is investing £2.3million in the Nourish project, which is supported by a further £1.1million secured by the council from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.

Founder and CEO of UK Harvest, Yvonne Thomson, said: “The demand on UK Harvest has grown by 300 per cent over the last year. We’re opening the Nourish Hub in partnership with H&F Council to both deliver sustainable social change and tackle climate change.”

The Hub was also shortlisted for two New London Architecture (NLA) Awards in the Learning category and for the Community prize (NLA London).

Read more about the Nourish project.

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