Who We Are and What We Do
We turn surplus food into healthy meals for those who need them.
We are a movement of volunteer chefs responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
We take food donations and convert them into breakfasts, lunches, dinners and treats. Community volunteers then package these meals into 'day packs' for delivery across Edinburgh to those who need them most.
Each and every meal is provided free of charge.
Empty Kitchens Full Hearts is first and foremost a movement driven by the following principles:
Serve others without judgement
We are charitable in nature, but our actions are from a standpoint of respect and solidarity, not pity or saviorism. We will never ask clients to prove their need and unless it is viewed as disproportionally inefficient and unsustainable, we will help as many people as we can, where and when we can.
Look after chefs
We engage, encourage and support the chef and hospitality community, advocating for their benefit and betterment and providing a space where they can practice their passion for food. We foster their skills and provide them an environment to feed others regardless of economic context, thus encouraging their own enterprise and ambitions.
Waste not so others might want for not
We will always strive to repurpose food surpluses to benefit those who struggle with food insecurity. Where feasible we will always strive to do the most good while creating the least harm through reducing waste, recycling assets and materials and reducing our negative environmental impacts.
We always lobby to the best of our capacity to combat modern hunger both in Scotland and overseas. We strive within our capacity to solve present issues of food poverty and hunger, and also do our best to solve these issues in the long term.
We will never accept people going hungry as a fact of life.
Create a community
Our first independent project quickly created its own community and support network, tying people from different walks of life together through shared values. There wil be continued efforts and support from our board to ensure that volunteering with Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts is always a benefit to both the society and the individual.
Aim for redundancy
The above goals are not just guiding principles but actual end goals. Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts does not intend not to simply become part of the 'poverty industry' but rather to strive for a solution to these challenges.