Thanet is an area of Kent that is one of the most deprived areas in the country, with high incidents of homelessness and addiction. The St George’s Community Meal runs every Tuesday and allows those who struggled with isolation to join together on a weekly basis to enjoy a cooked meal and conversation. Those that attend the meal range from the homeless and the vulnerable, to those who are lonely and want to meet others in the local area and enjoy a good ‘home cooked’ meal and conversation.
We have now partnered with the team from Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet and we aim to create a community to help each other through the challenges of life within a safe, warm and friendly environment. The evening is as much about community and emotional support as it is about helping people eat well.
In addition to the friendships and support networks that have developed between those who attend the meal, we are also able to offer help around debt and addiction and look to support those who attend to make better life choices. The support goes beyond the food that is offered and genuine friendships have developed that have built connections across the community.
The project has the community at the very heart of all it does. All of the volunteers who come together to prepare and cook the food and serve to the guests are part of the local church community and, as well as joining together to prepare the meal take the time to sit and chat with the guests.
Food is something that brings people and communities together. The sharing of food and of time and empathy has bought the community together in Ramsgate.
If you would like to take part or offer any assistance please contact the C&P Team on 01227 459401
The programme has had generous support from:
The Magdalen College Trust
Kent Community Foundation