The Green Kitchen
The Green Kitchen is a Social Enterprise Café in the heart of Walkinstown, and an integral part of the charity WALK. The cafe supports and trains people who have disabilities. Many of these people go on to secure paid employment and have gained new confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Since 18 March, The Green Kitchen has delivered over 800 free nutritious, wholesome and tasty meals to those cocooning in the neighbourhood. The initiative was brought about when they considered that many of their regular customers would not be able to avail of their take away menu while they were cocooning.
Meaningful participation in the local community is a central tenet of the value system at WALK. They have the resources, skills and ability to provide this service and consider it a way to ‘give back’. This is just one small gesture in which they can say thank you and let people know that while they are protecting themselves, isolating and cocooning that WALK want to remain very much connected to them.
Some people have availed of the service as many as five times per week, while others have availed of it just once or twice when they needed a bit of extra support. There is one dish on per day and people phone in their order and they deliver it. They observe strict social distancing during deliveries.
The following is just one small example of the lovely feedback they have received from customers and from family and friends:
“Amazing work to you all. You are a credit to the community. My mam can’t say enough about how happy she is to be getting home cooked meals delivered. Keep up the fantastic work.”