Company | Martigues: the solidarity kitchen has opened

The principle is simple: for four dishes ordered, one dish is offered to people in need, and who do not have the opportunity to cook. This initiative, led by the Starlighter, was officially implemented yesterday at noon for the opening of the social and solidarity kitchen.

The kitchen has been set up just a stone’s throw from the associative café, rue des Cordonniers, in the heart of the island. “In a room unoccupied for several years that Logirem rents us at a preferential rate”says Michel Le Guillouzic, treasurer of the solidarity kitchen before pointing out: “We received a grant of 18,000 thanks to the France Relance plan, which represents 80% of our investment, the rest we got thanks to a crowdfunding campaign “. An investment that has made it possible to carry out important refurbishment work in this associative room to accommodate a spacious kitchen, with professional equipment, including brand new refrigerators, and which obviously respects all safety and hygiene rules.

Cooked dishes for those in need

Marie Cantor made thirteen small dishes for her very first order yesterday morning. And it was the Pond Bikes Association that passed it. While the cook was busy in the kitchen on the tables serving as the central island “before receiving a real kitchen island “Michel Le Guillouzic, on the other hand, stamped their very first bill. “It’s there, it’s official, the social and solidarity kitchen is up and running!”exclaimed the treasurer with a big smile.

The aim of this project is to provide access to good quality cooked food to people who cannot afford it, neither practical nor financial. “It is aimed at people, families, who are ‘indigently’ occupying – that is the term of the ministry – housing, says Frédéric Grimaud, a member of the Rallumeur’s board of directors. For those people who live in homes, who are staying at the hotel, or even sleep in their car … impossible to get food “.

For this first day, Jean-Luc Hanrard, co-president of Vélos des étangs, filled his “cargo bike”, the thirteen salads, including a vegetarian, well fitted in this silver chest in front of this two-wheeled one a little special . “It’s convenientsaid Jean-Luc Hanrard. I just picked it all up for our opening meal at the Bicycle House (opened May 12). I think we will order meals fairly regularly from now on. “ An order that made it possible to offer four dishes at the Adoma home. And it was Hervé who came to pick up these quinoa salads, freshly picked tomatoes, carrots, chicken and black olives, along with a superb homemade sauce.

A success for this first day of the test phase. “And I didn’t even do anything stupid in the kitchenjoked Marie as she put her work plan away. In the longer term, an average of 50 meals a day is planned, of which 10 are free. And when we have a little more money, we’ll take a clerk. “, adds the one who does everything, all by herself. Shopping, in the kitchen, cleaning the place. Hats off!

Order food at least 24 hours in advance on site, 10 rue des Cordonniers from Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 3 pm Find Martigue Social and Solidarity Cuisine on Facebook. Contact: [email protected]

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