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People’s Kitchen – every Monday

People's Kitchen menu
People’s Kitchen menu

Every Monday the normal Hornbeam Cafe is closed, but we transform it with volunteer-led cooking, using zero waste food donated from supermarkets and local shops as part of our Food Rescue Project.

Food is served 1pm, or come and help make the lunch and join us at 10am to prep the food.

Everyone welcome so come and share lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbour or colleagues.

EDIT: We are now also providing zero-waste Pay-What-You-Feel food in the cafe on Tuesday and Wednesdays too.

People's Kitchen volunteers preparing food
People’s Kitchen volunteers preparing food

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People’s Kitchen is part of Hornbeam’s Food for London project, which works with Waltham Forest Food Rescue and other anti-food waste organisations.

Visit our Best Before pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stall outside the Hornbeam every Monday too (weather permitting). New volunteers always welcome.

Contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to help on stalls or to collect food for local agencies supporting those in need. 

Tues-Wed Pay-What-You-Feel Community Cafe

Every Tuesday and Wednesday we are running a warm and friendly Pay-What-You-Feel community cafe with a focus on organic and surplus food. 10-4pm

We make tasty, homely breakfast and lunch and all of our ingredients are either surplus or organic. Many are both.

We don’t have prices. Instead, we run on a pay-what-you-feel basis. That means you choose how much you pay for your time in the cafe based on how you feel — and it’s up to you to decide what that means! (But we’re also very happy to chat with you about it.)

Using surplus is what allows us to keep our costs down so that we can run in the way that we do. Just as importantly, it minimises our environmental impact, reducing good food going to waste and getting it where it should be: on people’s plates.

Landfilled food and overproduction are major producers of greenhouse gases. We are in the midst of a climate and ecological emergency and our food system needs a radical shake-up to become truly sustainable for both people and planet. We believe in a slower pace of life that chooses low-cost, low-impact living and a deeper connection with the rest of nature.
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Our aim is to create an inclusive cafe space for all to enjoy, regardless or their experiences, circumstances, or background. It is not about charity, but about providing a communal and warm space where anyone can spend and share their time over simple, nutritious, plant-based food that is healthy and sustainable. We believe that this can help to build a more connected, resilient, and sustainable community.

We are not-for-profit, but we don’t rely on grants, so need to stay afloat on our own terms. We rely on some customers paying more while others pay less. It is important for us that everyone feels able to return regularly, which means paying what feels affordable to you.

We are linked to the Hornbeam’s Food Rescue Project, and it is through this route that we get much of our surplus ingredients. Most of our organic produce comes from our friends at Organiclea, sold as surplus after returning from market. A few other essential ingredients are bought from workers’ cooperative wholesalers, such as Suma, as well as a handful of local stores.

We are lucky that we can support more sustainable farming practices by using organic ingredients while also keeping our costs low. Organic food is generally more expensive than otherwise equivalent produce for fair reasons — it is more costly to produce — but it is nonetheless clear that this can create an accessibility issue that needs some thoughtful improvement.

We run cooperatively, meaning that we reach a consensus as a group on how to use any small profits we do make, in line with our values and principles outlined above. We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join or collaborate with us, so please contact if you’re interested.

Following on from the success of our Food Rescue Kitchen on Mondays, we are stopping good food from going to landfill and cooking it up into delicious food to be enjoyed by you on Tuesday and Wednesdays too!

Do join us from 10-4pm for breakfast, lunch, drinks and scrumptious cakes – all vegan of course.

Thurs-Sun we continue to host the amazing What the Fattoush? serving Palestinian vegan meals, including supper time.

Cafe hours.

Cafe Volunteers needed

The Hornbeam’s life blood is its amazing volunteers. We are looking for friendly people to help out in our cosy cafe during the week. Could you help?

Volunteer shifts are 12.30-3.30 Tues and Wed.

If you have cafe experience that would be great, but if not, just a friendly and pro-active attitude with lots of passion for good food and some experience with food prep is most important.

By volunteering you’ll be helping this long-standing community space keep its costs low so we can support community initiatives in various ways. You’ll also learn about running a cafe and be in a wonderful, supportive and social place.

Start date: as soon as possible

Contact: Anne@hornbeam.org.uk or drop by and say hello.

Thurs 11 May – Growing the Local Dream workshop

HORNBEAM NIGHTS Thurs workshop, 7-10pm

Growing your own food - practical activism.
Growing your own food – practical activism.

Thurs 11 May, GROWING THE LOCAL DREAM: a talk on making food sovereignty a reality and how to start growing your own.

We have three guests speakers who are involved in growing with Hornbeam partner and local community growing project Organiclea. 

SPEAKERS:
Melanie Strickland – OrganicLea: What is Food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty allows communities control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed. The food sovereignty movement is a global alliance of farmers, growers, consumers and activists.
Mel is the Community Food Movement Builder at Organiclea

Terry Bennett – OrganicLea: How to bring small growers into the political mainstream.
Terry will be referencing the Land Worker’s alliance post brexit agricultural policy.
– A new growth model for a new generation.
– Grow the dream and nurture your brain.

Jon Rackham – Gardens for all
Do it yourself. How to bring your growing home.

FREE although donations to Hornbeam and Organiclea’s community work are gratefully received.

FOOD AVAILABLE: hot vegan curry and rice bowl for £6.

DRINKS: choose from our fully stocked bar of local ales and ciders, bio-dynamic wines, locally made soft drinks and vegan snacks.

FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: You can also find out about the work of Organiclea and the Hornbeam and volunteering opportunities at both

Community Mondays in January

 

All are welcome to Community Mondays
All are welcome to Community Mondays

Weekly drop-in opportunity to help out or skill-up at the Hornbeam. Volunteers help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and have a free lunch too. Every Monday, 11am -2pm.

Jamming happens every week with Organiclea upstairs at the Hornbeam from 10am-1pm. To be a jamming volunteer please contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to book a place

Drop in any Monday between 10am and 2pm to find out more about our range of volunteering opportunities that happen each Monday. Everyone welcome.

Mon 9 Jan, People’s Kitchen, 10am-2pm. The first Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted.

Food is served at 1pm. Everyone welcome so come and share your lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbours or colleagues. To volunteer please contact Carolyn at volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk.

Eating together on Community MondaysEating together on Community Mondays
Eating together on Community Mondays

Pay-what-you-feel food stalls borough-wide
Waltham Forest Food Rescue are also running pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stalls around the borough.

  • Every Monday, 12:00 – 15:00 at the the Hornbeam
  • Every Tuesday. 14:30 – 17:30 at Friday Hill Tenants Management Organisation offices
  • First Saturday of the Month, at the Transition Leytonstone Market outside Matalan, Leytonstone High Road.

We welcome suggestions of new places for pop-up Food Rescue stalls and would love to hear from people who would like to volunteer. Contact Poppy.

Monday 16 Jan: Kids Kitchen 10-12pm, Cooking with the under fives, singing songs together and washing up. Please book to secure your place.

Mon 23 Jan Community Monday with Hedge Herbs, 10am-12pm Make your own herbal remedies for childhood ailments with Rasheeqa from Hedgeherbs.

Mon 30 Jan – Admin/DIY and Toilet Makeover! 9.30-1.30
Please join us for the tasks that keep this building ticking over and remaining an amazing resource for so many groups in the community.

The upstairs toilet needs some serious TLC! Mirrors, hooks, grout cleaner, and a plumber that’s handy with cisterns. Last Monday of every month, come at 9.30am, lunch at 1.30pm.

NOTE

Stay, Play and Protest is NOT on in January, but will start again on Mon 6 February 1.30-2.30pm
Stay, play & protest is a new type of parenting group. It’s an informal drop-in for parents and their children with a twist – talking about things that make our lives difficult and how as a group we can make them better. Contact Esther
Join the Stay, Play and Protest Facebook group for more details. 

 

Community Mondays

Community Mondays: one-off, drop-in opportunities 10.00am-2pm – we help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and often have some lunch too.

Past Community Mondays have included Makeover Mondays (painting, repairing and general upkeep of the Hornbeam), skill shares in low cost and sustainable living, sign-writing, jam and juice making (working to an AQA certification for those that would like to get it), food prep for People’s Kitchen, social media sharing and admin support.

We are recruiting Community Monday Lead Volunteers – could that be you? If you’re interested in leading a group of volunteers of various abilities and inspire them to learn about cooking we’d love to hear from you! Full position details coming soon. We’re looking to recruit a few Community Monday Lead Volunteers so the sessions will be shared among a few people. 11am-2.30p

Pop-in and join us any Monday to take part in an activity (ring the doorbell as the cafe will look closed) or just come and learn about other volunteering roles. Alternatively, email volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk or fill in the form below.

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The FIRST and THIRD Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from rescued food. Volunteer from 10am or just come to eat at 1pm – Pay-what-you-feel!  More info.

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Jamming with Organiclea

Alongside Community Mondays at the Hornbeam E17: Asia-and-Caroline-with-tomatoes Jamming with Organiclea.

Work in a commercial kitchen producing jams, drinks and preserves to sell on Organiclea’s community stalls and in local shops all over Waltham Forest, using seasonal produce and gluts.

You can work towards a Preserving AQA, this is great for any level and experience.  Or just come along and make jam! 

Complete the online form or email volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk

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