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KissBank is proud to feature The People's Kitchen as its Charity of the Month.
This wonderful initiative, started in Dalston in East London and now spreading around London and further afield, utilises and spreads awareness of food waste and celebrates the power of community by bringing together a team of volunteers to transform food that was heading for landfill into beautiful cooked meals that are served on a "pay what you can afford" basis.
The food supply system is in a precarious situation. Prices are rising and in some areas food shortages are already a common theme. More than one billion of the world's people are hungry and as the world's population rises through the 7 billion barrier, the problem looks like it can only get worse. Yet we throw away tonnes of food every year. Annual estimates of the food waste in the UK alone exceed 20 million tonnes.
All food takes energy, time and resources to create. The People's Kitchen aims to "ambush" this food surplus before it becomes food waste which is destined to clog-up already overfull landfill sites. The Kitchen also celebrates People power. Many hands make light work. And many bodies and minds make for a beautifully social atmosphere both in the kitchen and its later transformation to a dining room.
The KissBank TV video shows the amazing work, energy and commitment of local food shops and volunteers as an otherwise sleepy Sunday afternoon is transformed into a hub of activity to deliver an amazing selection of food dishes to the local community.
Every Charity Kiss donated was matched by a cash contribution from the Kiss Sponsor to make funds available to The People's Kitchen to modernise equipment and to develop and expand its activities.
Bob Duffield and Nigel Nicholson: KissBank's Founders
We introduced Charity of the Month in April 2012. Thanks to the generosity of our account holders, all our charities so far have met or exceeded their donation targets.
This month we are bringing back, by public demand, our first ever Charity of the Month: The People's Kitchen. This amazing community initiative embodies the spirit of KissBank and what we are trying to achieve. Every Sunday in Dalston, and now elsewhere in London, a community centre is transformed between lunchtime and early evening into a living example of how we should care for our food resources and our communities.
Volunteers collect food that would otherwise become food waste and go to landfill from local shopkeepers who donate it willingly. They bring it back to The People's Kitchen where a small army of volunteers clean and prepare it and create a deliciously tempting menu of main courses and desserts. Early evening, the doors open and everyone is welcome to dine for whatever they can afford to pay ... from nothing to a few pennies or pounds. All contributions are ploughed back to buy further equipment and extend the reach of this wonderful project.
We truly believe that The People's Kitchen shows how the Kindness of a few can be nurtured and spread among the many. It's why we founded KissBank ... to Change the World One Kiss at a Time.
Everyone has two types of Kisses in his/her account. The Kisses we give you to send to other people. And the Kisses you have received from other people.
Every time you receive a Kiss, we give you a matching Charity Kiss. You can donate up to 25 of these Kisses each month to the current Charity of the Month. You can donate the maximum of 25, or a lower number. Or you can save your Kisses to donate to the next Charity.
There is just one Golden Rule. You have to have received Kisses to get your Charity Kisses. If you haven't received any, you can't donate any. So if you have only received 10 Kisses in your account, you can only donate up to 10 Charity Kisses that month. When you click "Donate My Kisses" the drop down menu will give you a choice from 1 to 10, not 1 to 25.
But don't worry. When you receive more Kisses, you'll get Charity Kisses for those too, so you can still go back and donate those extra Kisses to reach the maximum of 25. There's one really easy way to make the donation process much simpler. Get more of your friends to join KissBank and send you Kisses. Then you will have no problem at all donating the maximum!
KissBank's "Charity of the Month" is the perfect expression of Kindness as the ultimate "win-win" for humanity. The KissBank logic is simple – the kinder you are, the more Kisses you will receive. Now you can turn your kindness into cash. Every month you can send a proportion of your Received Kisses to our Charity of the Month – which has lined up a Kiss Sponsor to pay them an amount per Kiss.
Every month, KissBank will dedicate a page of articles, interviews, stories and films to promote the Charity's cause to a wider audience. This will include background information about their commercial or philanthropic Kiss Sponsor. Charity of the Month also features the Kiss Accumulator to show how much cash is being raised each day.