As lockdown restrictions were lifted, support to CAN kitchens dwindled and kitchens were struggling with how to remain financially sustainable. At the end of last year, a collaboration formed between Inyathelo, the Bertha Centre, and CAN Kitchens.
Inyathelo, the Bertha Centre, and around 30 CAN Kitchens looked at how to build financial resilience, whether and how to register as formal entities, growing the network of orgs working towards food security, facilitating relationship-building and partnering, participating in co-research, centering communities through advocacy programmes, contributing to social justice and equity, and showcasing community philanthropy.
The programme has been going for several months but has only scratched the surface on development support. The kitchens are more than kitchens, they are community hubs led by women who are community leaders who are concerned about many issues in their communities. While the kitchens are run by volunteers and have huge resource constraints, they demonstrate an immense philanthropy and collaboration.
The collaboration takes place on Saturdays, and is looking to frame a conversation on what food security means. The workshop on food security is coming up on June 4 and needs help with designing a programme for the day and providing information for what kitchens need to know for food security (nutrition, engagement with local government, policy issues etc.). This includes designing conversations for adult learners, potentially with support for multiple languages.