Once upon a summer day of 2005, the very first Big Volunteer Week ended in celebration. The celebration of volunteers involved in projects all over the city, the celebration of human beings helping other human beings, the celebration of a neighbourhood, with a meal served and shared with 500 people at the very heart of Brussels, place du Jeu de Balle.
From the very beginning, feeding the poor and the needy has been at the core of Serve the City. Volunteers have painted walls, cleaned basements, played football with kids and much more. But food outreach was always there and has become increasingly present throughout the years, with projects such as Le Phare and Breakfast 4 Refugees. Last year, we witnessed the negative impact of the pandemic on the poorest and how it continues to do so. Because of that, Serve the City increased its food outreach programs, in partnership with amazing organisations such as the Community Kitchen, Salvation Army and other great nonprofits.
But could we do more?
With our change of facilities happening this month, we felt that it was the right time to give ourselves that possibility. Therefore, we decided to equip our new offices with a semi-professional kitchen! Our goal with this new kitchen is to increase our capacities, better support our current projects, and develop new ones. With this new kitchen, we will have the opportunity to cook warm and healthy meals directly at our offices. We will be able to accomplish so much more and have a much bigger impact on the lives of the people we serve.
But, as there is always a but, such a kitchen costs quite a bit of money. And that’s where you can help! Our goal is to raise 10.000 €. Here is a breakdown of the budget estimation:
- Construction work to gain access to a 30kw gas extension (2050 €)
- Semi Professional Stove (2500 – 3000 €)
- Professional Extractor hood (1000 – 1500 €)
- Two Aluminium Working Table (380 €)
- Semi-professional dishwasher that allows to wash big pots (1750 – 2000 €)
- Kitchen furniture (500 – 750 €)
- Various kitchen items (e.g. water cooker, tableware and organiser, …) (500 – 600 €)
- Setup by professional (1000 – 2000 €)