Barking and Dagenham welcomes a new resident-run food group to the borough: the GOOD FOOD COLLECTIVE: A new community group which formed with the support of Company Drinks in February 2020. The group of 12 women meet monthly to discuss food issues that are relevant to Barking and Dagenham, such as access to healthy food, local food systems and the value of existing food knowledge.
During Black History Month the Good Food Collective will be running events to celebrate the diverse food cultures in the borough and to talk about care for their community, access to good food and activism.
The Digesting Politics events in October bring together local cooks, residents and guests from outside the borough; spotlighting the richness and complexity of African and Caribbean food cultures in our communities.
As we previously announced, this Thursday 29th October, the Good Food Collective cooks will share some of their favourite recipes and the stories behind them, for one delicious, free meal. The event was going to be a ticketed stall in Barking Town Centre, with limited number of take-aways available…..
After lots of deliberation, and with recent changes to Covid-19 risk levels and government guidelines, the group have decided to channel their efforts towards sharing their meals with the community.
This Thursday, inspired by the work of Granville Community Kitchen, Edible London and Made Up Kitchen [among other organisations we admire]; we are asking all attendees of our Community Cooks Lunch to “Pass It On”. The cooks will be cooking together and distributing the meals to the Eden Community Storehouse [Kingsley Hall Community Supermarket] freezers for future hot meals distribution as part of their Covid-19 response activities in the community.
The Good Food Collective are grateful to LBBD and everyone who showed interest in the event for their ongoing support, we hope you agree this is a much better way for us to be sharing our skills, our dishes and our stories. Company Drinks will, of course, be sharing the recipes and the story, as it happens, as part of our own ‘Circulating During Lockdown’ activities.