Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts (EKFH) is a group of volunteer chefs who, in the midst of great uncertainty in their industry, set concerns for their own future aside to focus on helping improve the lives of others.
EKFH's model is simple. With kitchens being forced to empty, chefs forced out of work, food rotting in warehouses and people everywhere facing increased food insecurity through financial difficulty, they decided to take action.
So Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts was born.
We deliver ‘day packs’ - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks - straight to the doors of those who need them, and additionally serve over 100 hot meals per day to walk-in guests.
Since lockdown began we have distributed over 90,000 meals totally free of charge without any government or corporate funding.
We don’t means-test our clients, and operate on the trust that in Edinburgh in 2020 if someone is asking for help accessing food, that's all the 'proof' we need.
Although the majority of our food is donated and we're entirely run by volunteers, we do incur costs from packaging for the 8,000+ meals we provide per week, PPE equipment for our volunteers, fuel to deliver 350+ meals per day and other operational costs.
We have secured long term premises at Leith Theatre and have been operating from there for two weeks. We have already delivered 16,000 meals from this location alone, and the numbers continue to increase.
EKFH is entirely funded by generous community donations and the support of local businesses.
If you or anyone you know in Edinburgh are struggling with safe access to food please email us at [email protected] or call us on 07895 347157. We are also providing FREE hot lunch and dinner every day outside Leith Theatre, 28-30 Ferry Road, EH6 4AE .