The Canteen's Project
Be Enriched creates spaces for communities to come together, congregate and communicate over a healthy and nutritious hot three course meal. We call this a Community Canteen.
Our Canteens serve a hot, healthy three-course meal every week using donated surplus food and offer a social sanctuary for everyone to enjoy. We work with supermarkets, greengrocers and markets to reduce and redirect their usable surplus food to our projects where we utilise a range of local chefs and volunteers to cook up a delicious lunch or supper.
The Canteens also improve well-being and develop a stronger sense of belonging, particularly for those who are elderly or socially isolated. We create spaces where everyone is welcome using a whole community approach so we get a great mix of ages and wonderful conversation.
Our Canteens bring people together to enjoy a meal without the stigma of receiving a handout. We also know that there is high need in our area and we specifically target vulnerable groups, including older people, those affected by addiction, ill mental health, low or no income parents and asylum seekers, and those who are unemployed.
79% of attendees said they returned to socialise with people they met there and friendships have continued outside of the meal, with guest attending events and dinners with each other.
We currently run three canteens across South London:
Everyone is welcome at the table
Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30
Monday's Canteen is based at Crossways Church, a stones throw from Elephant and Castle tube station. Lovely fresh fruit and veg is donated by Ted's veg and Sainsburys meaning delicious, nutritious vegetarian meals can be created for the community.
Tuesday's Canteen is an evening supper in the heart of Battersea. The London Cooking project is a unique setting where people can come together for great food and conversation. Expect to meet some of the oldest residents of the estate, local community leaders and art students alongside children. Food is donated from all over London to create an exquisite dining experience
The Friday meal is the longest running.
canteen. A great group of volunteers and guests meet up for lunch each Friday in a multi-use hexagonal church hall.