KPCafé was launched as a volunteer-led project in 2015 with the aim to support local asylum seekers and refugees with access to affordable food.
The weekly community meals helped build a space to socialise, eat and share advice.
Our Covid-19 Response
During the pandemic, at our temporary home of Clyde Community Hall, our staff and volunteers delivered grocery packs, cooked food and other essential items to people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We provided the equivalent of 34,000 meals to our community.
In October 2020 we opened our socially distanced support café where our community members could socialise safely over a fresh meal and access guidance & support. In August 2021 we began to host our drop-in community meals again. We ran Community Meals at Ibrox Parish Church in late 2021. More details here.
In May 2022, we rebranded to Kinning Park Community Kitchen. This happened as we got access back into the refurbed building. We began a weekly community meal reconnecting with our community and recruiting volunteers to support our community meals.
Building Back our Community
Comfortable in our new kitchen we restarted our second weekly meal. As the number of attendees grew, we developed a training programme for volunteers to learn and develop in our kitchen. By November 2022 we had 200 people attending our meals every week.
We started a ‘Fresh Frozen Meal’ project supplying 1100 take away meals to support those experiencing food poverty in our local neighbourhood. By the end of the project in March 2023, in 3 years, we had supplied 53,000 meals and accrued 3200 volunteer hours.