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Calais Food Collective

We work in Calais to ensure that displaced people stuck, often for many months in Calais, are able to cook for themselves. As well as it being essential to nourish yourself, the ability to cook has great psychological and communal advantages, during a mentally and physically challenging time. 

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Who We Are

Created as a Collective in March 2020 in Calais, we have become in June 2021 an independent association, still working as a collective, based in Calais.

 

The Calais Food Collective operates as a flat hierarchy and all members have an equal value in our decision making processes. No matter how long a volunteer stays, we invite any member to take on any role and respect each individual as vital to our team. Our assignments include: accounting, fundraising, field logistics, distributions, advocacy, recruitment.

Why We're Here

We work in Calais to ensure that displaced people stuck, often for many months in Calais, are able to cook for themselves. As well as it being essential to nourish yourself, the ability to cook has great psychological and communal advantages, during a mentally and physically challenging time. 

 

We also work to ensure that there is an emergency response after large evictions in terms of food and water. Our team is small, flexible and well equipped to deliver food and water rapidly in such situations.

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Our Response and Impact

Food Distributions

We distribute basic food items and cooking equipment to enable people to cook for themselves, in an attempt to restore some freedom and autonomy. We have distributed  240,550 meals since January 2021.

Water Distributions

We distribute bottled water, 5L reusable jerry cans, and provide 1,000L water tanks that we fill twice a day to allow continuous, self-sustaining access. 273,398 L of water have been distributed since January 2021.

Advocacy

The various advocacy missions are an integral part of our work and we are constantly calling out the authorities to change the inhumane living conditions on the ground and to enable exiled people to have their most basic rights respected.

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What We Need

CFC relies on the donations of regular people like yourselves to carry on our distributions. Although we receive a large amount of food from charitable partnerships, this is never enough to make distributions for 1000 people every 2 days. Then there is the costs of renting the warehouse, keeping the vans running and purchasing all the equipment for our water distributions.​
 

We are small, entirely volunteer run and emphasise efficiency, which means even small donations, especially regular donations will go a long way.