Granville Community Kitchen (GCK), after much thought and discussion, has taken the tough decision to end our food aid service. We are proud and honoured to have served the community over the last 8 years and especially during the last 2 years of the pandemic crisis. However the pandemic has highlighted that the social problems we set about addressing in 2014 have worsened. Not enough money, problems with benefits, low wages, zero hour contracts, rising costs of living. Charitable food aid cannot fix these. Food aid is a sticking plaster on a gaping wound. More charity is not the solution to hunger and poverty. The issue is not food but access to food caused mainly by poverty.
GCK’s vision is of a world where everyone can access and afford good food. We believe that everyone should have dignity and choice in where they get their food and in what they eat. Charitable food aid does not allow this and is dependent on supermarket waste, donations and volunteers. It is not free food and it is unsustainable. It is costing our lives, our health and our environment. We simply cannot afford to continue.
We are committed to decreasing reliance on temporary charitable food provision and re-building healthy local food systems for South Kilburn and beyond.
GCK no longer has any food aid collection service. We will still deliver food aid support on Fridays to those who are seeking asylum and/or have No Access to Public Funds, and to those who are housebound due to chronic illness on a referral basis only in Postciodes W9, W10, W11, NW2, NW6, NW8, and NW10.
If you think you are in one of these categories and need to receive food aid please fill in the form here.
The GOOD FOOD BOX
We offer a fresh and local weekly veg box scheme called the Good Food Box, a lower cost option for getting locally grown and tasty fruit and veg.
What you get:
The bags come in different sizes (small, standard and family) with vegetable options appropriate to your culture, currently either Northern European or African Caribbean and an optional fruit addition bag. In a small bag for example you get 6 different types of veg which can range from leeks to c salad changing according to the season.
Cost and Paying:
The small bag starts at £3.10 per week.
You can pay with cash, and we also accept Healthy Start Vouchers.
You can sign up for a bag every fortnight or every week. We pack the bags at the Granville every Wednesday morning and offer a workshare system where you can volunteer with us on the pack in exchange for your bag.
There are also other food aid providers:
|NAME||LOCATION||WHO CAN ACCESS||TIME/SERVICE||ADDRESS|
|Age UK Westminster||W10||Westminster residents aged 65+||First and Third Monday of the month, 2 – 4pm|
|Westbourne Park Pantry||W2||Membership is open to the community and local families are strongly encouraged to join.||Thursday 10-1 and 3.30-5pm/Friday 10-1pm|
|North Paddington Food Bank||W9||Referral Only|
|North Paddington Food Bank -BABY BANK||W9||Open to all||Wednesdays and Fridays 11am - 4pm|
|North Kensington Community Kitchen||W11||Open to all|
|Age UK Kensington and Chelsea (Shopping Service)||Individuals must go through an assessment with Age UK to ensure they meet the criteria.|
|All Saints Notting Hill||W11||Open to all||Fridays 10am - 11am|
|Bay20||W10||Providing hot takeaway meals on Thursdays (from 2pm to 4pm). Tea and coffee available Monday to Friday (from 11am to 4pm)|
|Dalgarno Trust||W10||Local residents only - Registration is required and can be done online or in person (between 10am and 1pm)|
|Kensington and Chelsea Foodbank||W11||You will need a voucher from a support agency such as Citizens Advice.||Tuesdays (11am to 1pm) and Fridays (1pm to 3pm)|
|St Michael's North Kensington||W11||People are asked to register in advance, either online or in person||Tuesdays - Registration before 10.30am - Collection between 2.30pm and 4.30pm|
|The Space||W10||Ticketed Service||Operate a community market (including fruit and vegetables) on Monday - ticketing from 10am, market open from 10.30am until stocks last (around 2.30pm). Food Hub serves hot food, fruit and vegetables on Saturday -|
|Venture Centre||W10||Open to All||Saturdays (registration from 12pm to 2pm; collection from 3pm to 4pm|
|Brent Food Bank||NW10||Referral Only||Tues + Thurs 1-3pm||Vestry Hall, St Maruy's Church, Neasden Lane, NW10 2TS|
|Centre of Help and Hope||NW10||Tuesdays 10.30-1.30 and Wednesdays 10.30-1.30||Seventh Day Adventist Church, Glebe Road (at the corner of Pound Land), Willesden NW10 2JD|
|St Michael's North Kensington||NW10||Hot food, collection. Tues 10.30am to 1.30pm (and Wed 10.30am to 1.30pm when Covid|
|Harlesden Methodist Church||NW10||Food parcel, collection. Fri 9am to 12pm||25 High St, NW19 4NE|
|Kilburn Streets Kitchen||NW6||Hot food, collection. Fri 7.15pm||Outsied Clarks on Kilburn High Road - near the market|
|Pentecostal City Mission Church||NW10||Food parcel, collection, delivery Fri 12pm||2 Scrubs Land, NW610 6RB|
|Runi's Cave||NW10||Hot food, collection Sat 1pm to 1.30pm|
|Sacred Heart Church||NW6||Food parcel, collection Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4.30pm||Quex Road, Kilburn NW6 4PS|
|Salvation Army||NW10||Hot food, collection. Tues, 7pm to 8pm||32 Manor Park Road, NW10 4JJ|
|St Cuthbert’s Church||NW2||Hot food, collection. Sat, 1.30pm to 2.15pm||Forwych Riad Kilburn, NW2 3TN|
|St Laurence’s Larder||NW6||Food parcel, collection. Thurs 10am to 12.30pm||Christchurch, Chistchurch Avee, NW6 7 YN|
|Pakistan Community Centre,||NW2||Referral Only||Tues, 11am to 4pm||Marley Walk, Willesden Green, NW2 4PU|
|YWAM Urban Key London||NW10||Food parcel, collection/delivery Fri 11am||13 Station Roadm Harlesden, NW10 4JJ|
We will continue to support the community:
By building a healthy food system, creating jobs with living wages, and providing health and well being activities we are building a more connected and stronger South Kilburn community: We are doing this now through the weekly Good Food Box solidarity fruit and veg box, community meals, community food growing spaces, exercise classes, and education
By fighting for real food justice: We are doing this now campaigning for a Brent food strategy and the right to food here in Brent and nationally.
By campaigning for cash first solutions to end poverty: We are doing this now by supporting you to access support to help you ensure you have enough money to live on.
We do hope you continue to be a part of GCK and thank you for your trust in us and believing in our vision and work.
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Thank you for your understanding, The GCK Directors, Staff and Volunteers