Open Collective
Open Collective

Reading Red Kitchen


We are a solidarity focused project who use food to bring people together and help people in food poverty. We are not a charity. We believe in working with people, without bureaucracy or hierarchy.


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Financial Contributions

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Local Friend

You're giving us enough to buy wet wipes for mums each month, or give one person phone credit.

Starts at£10 GBP / month

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Local Hero

Your support helps us buy toiletries and underwear for people who need it most.

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Local Legend

Your support means shoes, underwear, phone credit and essentials for people who have so little. We are a solidarity collective, every penny goes di... Read more

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Darron Anley

£2,066 GBP since May 2021

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£1,610 GBP since Nov 2020

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£1,300 GBP since Apr 2021


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£820 GBP since Nov 2020


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£600 GBP since Mar 2021

Oxford branch

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Kate Thomas

£540 GBP since Feb 2021

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£530 GBP since Nov 2020


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£43 GBP since Nov 2020


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News from Reading Red Kitchen

Updates on our activities and progress.

Spring updates from the Red Kitchen

Dear friends of the Reading Red Kitchen, We know it's been a little while since you've heard from us (yet again - so sorry!) so we wanted to give you an update on what we've been up to over the past few months. We've been working hard every...
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Published on May 17, 2023 by Deven Parker

We couldn't do this without you.

Dear Red Kitchen donors, It's been a while since you've heard from us, and we'd like to update you on what we've been up to for the past few months. We've been extremely busy--our weekly foodbank for asylum-seeking refugees in Reading...
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Published on November 30, 2022 by Deven Parker

We're not surprised at what's happening in Ukraine

Because we know that as long as profit and power drive most of our societies, war, and the humans displaced by it, are inevitable. That's why we need your help to bolster our support as we prepare for in influx of friends from Ukraine - alt...
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Published on March 4, 2022 by Aym


Transparent and open finances.

Contribution #661726
Contribution #573010
-£306.70 GBP
Reimbursement #142472
Today’s balance

£1,933.00 GBP

Total raised

£30,258.91 GBP

Total disbursed

£28,325.91 GBP

Estimated annual budget

£9,596.74 GBP


We are a solidarity focused project who use food to bring people together and help people in food poverty.

We are not a charity. We believe in working with people, without bureaucracy or hierarchy. We receive no formal funding. We just want to work directly with the community to support our migrant friends, without the red tape (but all of the safeguarding).

We are focused on supporting asylum seekers in Reading. Usually, Reading shamefully accepts very few asylum seekers. However, during lockdown, many migrants who've been denied asylum or are awaiting a decision are stuck in limbo, with their tiny asylum allowance confiscated. This is because the accommodation they're stuck in is providing 'care' via a private security firm. So what does that care look like, that they should have no money to buy pants or baby food or toothpaste? Two plain pasta meals and tiny dry shampoo sachets. We supported these vulnerable people with over 10,000 meals, clothes, phones, referrals and phone credit. for the year they were in Reading. Now, that our friends have been moved on, we've opened our doors and become a social foodbank for asylum seeking migrants.

That's where we come in. As a group of mates we knew we had to do something while the council, govt and others don't, and so we are. We work with amazing members of the community, regular people, who donate food, spare money and serve our friends . We then sort them, serve them, and offer as much emotional support as we can while our friends, often fleeing brutal conditions, go through the dehumanizing process of claiming asylum in the UK.

Come and get involved, whether it's serving food (dm us on
Facebook or Instagram), sparing some money or donating some groceries. Solidarity, not charity.

Our team