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Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub

Ashburton, United Kingdom

Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub staff and volunteers provide over 500 meals each month to isolated and vulnerable people.

After seven years in the planning, the team undertook a pilot study in 2017. The findings demonstrated that providing nutritious, locally sourced, freshly cooked meals for isolated people is both possible and affordable. 

The pilot also found that providing food in this way has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of older people, both those living in a residential setting and in the community.

Supporting Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub

sankalpa, along with a number of other funders, supported this project from conception to delivery, providing grant funding for initial research and support towards a pilot study. 

The findings from the pilot formed the concept for Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub — a duplicable model. The hub model involves training people with learning difficulties in cooking skills and working to addresses social isolation through food sharing in rural communities, nationwide.

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sankalpa is a friend, trusted advisor and a helping hand that acts speedily to get us out of a difficult situation where banks and institutions would take too long to respond.

Stella West-Harling MBE, founder of Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub

Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub Today

Managed by a growing volunteer team, Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub has established links with multiple care providers throughout the region. At present the team supply 500+ meals per month to Devon residents and have also linked with Somerset Local Food Hub, who are now delivering DCKH meals to their customers. DCKH is on track to double their supply of meals, expanding to reach other isolated groups including young carers and families who are dependant on food banks.

The team have recently partnered with the University of Exeter to undertake a detailed two part study into the effect of diet on mental and physical health in older people. The first study of its kind, researchers plan to monitor both the financial and physical effects experienced by both older people receiving care and of those providing a care service.

Throughout the pandemic, the hub has helped growing numbers of local people in food poverty, and has witnessed first-hand the growing phenomenon of the “newly hungry” in which previously relatively comfortably off families have been forced to resort to food banks and the benefit system to survive.

Most people we see never thought they would ever be in the position of having to ask for help. We do ask ‘have you used food bank before?’ Most reply they’ve never even thought about it. If you are on the minimum wage and 20% goes [under furlough] you still have bills and debts. Many can’t afford to feed themselves

The way forward is a compassionate society. You cannot deal with poverty, social isolation and loneliness without compassion.

Stella West-Harling MBE, founder of Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub
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