A charity, a sports facility and a private business have come together to form a community kitchen as a direct response to the pandemic.

DisAbility Cornwall & IoS, Hayle RFC and the Cornish Oven joined forces to form Hayle Community Kitchen as lockdown commenced at the end of March, when they saw how many vulnerable people were having to self-isolate but did not qualify for ‘shielding’ support from the government.

disAbility Cornwall had the insight of need and vulnerability, knowledge and networks and three members of staff to work on the project, the Rugby Club provide their steward, kitchen and function room, a network for goods contributions and people who were willing to volunteer, and the Cornish Oven have contributed almost 4,000 pasties free, to date.

Due to demand, Hayle Community Kitchen went on to hire an experienced chef which enabled them to distribute meals that had the right balance of fat and protein, which is particularly important for the client group.

Safety is paramount to the kitchen; collection times are staggered to ensure social distancing, and volunteers wear gloves and use anti-bacterial gel for delivery.

Many other small local businesses are also contributing, whether giving their time to bake cakes, or contributing items to give to people along with their meals, such as farm eggs, Easter eggs, seeds, veggies and pictures from local children. This aspect has really lifted people, making them feel connected, supported and helped to improve mental health and wellbeing overall.

Together Hayle Community Kitchen has become a force for good and a showcase for community spirit at its best. What started off as delivering to 30+ people in Hayle has now grown to over 500 people in two months from Redruth to Penzance and it continues to grow weekly. It has become a significant project and operation. Beneficiaries of the community kitchen receive a minimum each week of a pasty, a stew, a soup plus two nutritious cakes.

Hayle Community Kitchen are thankful to the Cornwall Community Foundation, Cornwall Council and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for financial support, without which, it would not have been possible to deliver this essential service during these truly difficult times.

For more information, call DIAL on 01736 759500 or email advice@dialcornwall.org.uk

Community Kitchen volunteers


Food ready to be delivered

Hayle Community Kitchen Volunteers with parcels