The Bristol Skipchen: a Real Junk Food Project will be teaming up with Embercombe Apprentice Mission 2015 on a Solidarity Trip to Calais Migrant Camp – to deliver hot food and supplies along with songs, play, companionship.
Why we are going:
A significant part of the Skipchen ethos is supporting communities in the struggle against the structures that prioritise profit over people.
We recognise that food waste is a symptom of the capitalist neoliberal system that simultaneously allows millions of tonnes of edible food to go to waste at all points along the supply chain, and causes resources conflict and war that deny humans the basic rights to a decent life free from oppression.
When thinking about our wider role in society and what we can do with our food waste niche to create a better world, we believe that recycling food waste ( the majority of which came from the same regions that many of the Calais migrants are from) and taking it to those in desperate need is really important.
Whilst we recognise that our impact is limited as we only have capacity to be there for a week, and that our actions do little to address to structural issues at the root of the problems in Calais and elsewhere, we hope that through our small act of solidarity we can bring some hope and positive energy to a people who have been ruthlessly abandoned by the European government.
We will set up a temporary kitchen and provide 1-2 hot meals per day for a week using food rescued from waste.
How you can help:
We need minimum £600 to cover ferry and fuel costs please help us fundraise by:
Attend or share our Calais Fundraiser Dinner Monday April 20th 6-9pm
Donate to our Crowdfunder
Have contacts to stock amounts of food, an army tent, large gas burners, trestle tables, gas bottles?
The current situation in Calais:
In early April, thousands of migrants were evicted by brutal police force from their previous camp to an old dumping ground designated by the French government.
Around 2000 migrants currently have access to one one water point, no toilets, electricity and no accommodation.
There is one day centre ( Jules Ferry) which currently provides one hot meal at 5pm to 600 people ( less than half of the current migrant population) and houses only 50 women and children.
Christian Salomé, the director of voluntary migrant help group L’Auberge des Migrants described Calais as ‘ the worst camp for war refugees in Europe, if not in the world’ and explained
“It is probably the only camp in the world where there is so little water. There is only one water point and some people have to walk more than a kilometre to access it. This is unacceptable. There are no toilets either.”
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