Hoxton community kitchen’s mission to reduce waste and feed the hungry

A Hackney chef is helping reduce food waste and feed her community for free at her Hoxton community kitchen.

Aina Omo-Bare welcomes everyone at Idia’s Kitchen, which she runs three times a week at St Monica’s Roman Catholic Church, our Augustinian parish in Hoxton.

She often cooks for up to 40 people at a time and all the food at her community kitchen is free to anyone who needs a hot meal.


The project grew and the Catholic charity Caritas Westminister helped her find new sources of food and funding, helping her link up with Hackney Council’s food distribution scheme and the Gubay Foundation which awarded to chef with a grant of £1,000.

Aina kept her kitchen open during lockdown serving food outside for people to take away.

Customers say Aina has created more than a kitchen and that Idia’s Kitchen is a community.

Read the full article in Hackney Gazette here.


If you want to help Idia’s Kitchen, which Chef Aina Omo-Bare runs three times a week at St Monica’s Roman Catholic Church in Hoxton, please contact our parish at hoxton@rcdow.org.uk.