Open Kitchen Social Club was founded in 2014 as a social eating project in the centre of Sheffield. We provide food, peer support, and a place to meet for destitute asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and anyone in food or social poverty.
Food is provided free of charge every week on Mondays & Tuesdays and also on the last Wednesday of each month to ensure that it is accessible to those in the most need and that everyone remains on equal terms. We do not operate a 'pay-as-you-feel' system.
We also cater for external events, offering members of our community opportunities to cook at commercial events, while at the same time fundraising for our activities.
We are a nomadic café, and until March 2020, we were running three weekly cafes across 3 venues in Sheffield. Now, we offer food weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays & also on the last Wednesday of each month. (see 'regular cafes' page for details).
When Covid-19 hit, we moved to a delivery system, and delivered an estimated 12,000 food parcels of ready-to-eat meals, fresh fruit and veg (courtesy of Beanies Wholefoods Co-op), and dried/tinned goods (thanks to Burngreave foodbank) and cooked curries (thanks to the Bhaji Shop) to our community and those in need all over Sheffield. We delivered to about 90 people a week.