Kinning Park Complex is a beacon of community and hope amongst the concrete jungle of Glasgow. A diverse society that would otherwise live in isolation – KPC offers a safe place for all within its weary walls. Ran by the local community for over 21 years for anything ranging from self-defence classes to sensory gardens, film screenings to workshops and Thursday talks, KPC offers a thrice weekly cafe which assists with the locals in their fight to lessen waste, feed the hungry and create a sense of belonging within today’s chaotic society. Running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the KPC community meal stands as a reliable pillar of security to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from, to those who just like a bit of company whilst they dine or want to create connections within their local community. It relies on “pay what you want” donations, so for anyone who feels able, the funds can go towards providing food for the next meal, but it’s not a mandatory requirement.
The KPCafe runs Tuesday (11AM – 3PM), Thursday (6PM – 8PM) and Sunday (11AM – 3PM)
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All extra food left over goes straight to those who need it, offering packaged goods and freshly baked bread that would otherwise end up in a landfill straight into the hands of those who can make the most of it.
Open to all to break bread and dine together, the KPCafe stands as a pillar within the area – allowing open and safe communication between people who would otherwise have little to no contact. Ages ranging from below 10 to over 80, people come from all around the area to participate in the preparing, cooking and serving of these hearty meals, assisted by the friendly and warm KPC staff, including resident chefs and on-site social workers to help create an inclusive and protected environment.
A majority of the cooking is done by the resident chefs, Alan and Adam, both dedicated in feeding those in need and preventing unnecessary waste, they have volunteered for many years to help keep this local tradition alive. People from all walks of life come together to enjoy the meals made using the FareShare initiative, a charity fighting to end needless food waste and hunger.
Much of the food is fresh and in date yet considered surplus waste to big chain supermarkets. Covering 1,300 towns and cities, FareShare were able to redistribute 13,552 tonnes of this food across the UK last year, contributing to 28.6 million meals. By combining efforts with this initiative, KPC can create delicious meals that truly bring people together – whilst remaining considerate of dietary requirements. From delicious lamb or mushroom soup to ham and mushroom pasta and poached apple pancakes, the chefs can whip up a frenzy in the kitchen to serve an array of meals to please all taste buds and leave grumbling tums singing in satisfaction.
KPC currently pays to receive 600 KG a week of food from FareShare, whilst also maintaining weekly public classes, after school clubs and events. Many people within the community were sick of seeing so much perfectly tasty food go to waste, but with places like KPC and companies like FareShare in place, we’re able to work together to not only reduce waste, but to create a place that puts real meaning back into the word “community”.
With their active recycling scheme, not even the packaging goes to waste at KPC, it’s cleaned, stored and recycled, much of the materials going into projects such as KPCouture to make stylish necklaces, earrings and cufflinks; the sales of which goes towards maintaining the building and keeping KPC open and welcoming to all.
Together, staff and volunteers dedicate time each week to make the KPCafe possible, combining their efforts to help assist their community for the greater good. So, whether it’s to dine on delicious delicacies or to fiesta at this fancy feast, you will always be welcome to join and meet the incredible people who make this all possible three times a week, every week; Kinning Park Complex welcomes all with a warm smile and an open heart.
Interested in hosting an event at KPC on our KPCafe nights? We’d love to have you!
Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Via phone at 0141 419 0329
Or via our Facebook page at Kinning Park Complex Facebook