Our Community Kitchen
The poor are affected by the economic and financial crisis first and worst, with over 41% of households in Lebanon struggling to access food and other basic needs according to the @worldfoodprogramme. That is why we launched our Community Kitchen one year ago to provide wholesome hot meals to those who need them the most in Beirut.
Over the past year, we served over 35,000 meals to Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian and migrant families living in extreme poverty near the Sports Stadium, and to families affected by the Beirut blast in Karantina, Mar Mkhail, Karm al Zaytoun and Khandaq Al Ghamik. The Bedayati Kitchen has also provided the opportunity for 40 of our students to learn new skills, earn a small income and at the same time pay it forward in their own communities.
Through the Kitchen, we have watched faces transform. Our community cooks today take pride in serving their own community scrumptious dishes they prepare on a daily basis. Our students have also come together as a team, shopping for food every morning, helping with meal preparation, actively registering families, managing the accounts and leading food distribution and delivery.
We are reminded that employment, even if short-term, empowers and protects the dignity of those who would like to help themselves. It is for this reason that today we would like to scale and expand our community kitchen.