Al-Manaar Centre facilities include a well-designed kitchen and canteen, which serve the community throughout the week.
Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017, the Kitchen and Canteen have become one of the facilities frequently used by the survivors and the wider community from North Kensington. During Winter times homeless guests are also served warm food and breakfast in the Canteen.
The Hubb Community Kitchen
Al-Manaar is pleased to support the Hubb Community Kitchen, the community group behind Together, Our Community Cookbook. The community group have access to catering and dining facilities Monday to Sunday between 10am – 5pm.
They will launch a number of community projects later this year – for more information please register your interest here Kitchen@mchc.org.uk .
About the Hubb Community Kitchen
The Hubb Community Kitchen is a group of women who have come together to prepare fresh food for their local community.
After being displaced following the Grenfell tower fire, some of the local women needed a place to cook fresh food for their families. They began to use the kitchen at the Al-Manaar, where the women who worked here had been using the facilities to cook for the community. They all shared the kitchen for two days every week, preparing food and eating together. Word spread and more local women began to join in, embracing community and supporting their neighbours in their time of need.
Soon there were women from different cultures all cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing. As they cooked, they began to connect, heal and look forward, and have continued to cook together twice a week.
This community of women became known as the Hubb Community Kitchen – Hubb means ‘love’ in Arabic. The women of the Hubb Community Kitchen describe it as a place of good food, love, support and friendship.