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Published on August 22nd, 2016 | by The GC Team


Stoves reopens Community Kitchens competition

A community projects fund launched in 2015 by British cooking appliance brand Stoves has reopened and nominations will be accepted via the Stoves website.

The £20,000 Community Kitchens campaign aims to place the kitchen at the heart of communities by helping local charities to transform their kitchen facilities. Earlier this year, in excess of 200 nominations were received from community projects across the country.

Mags Mercer, CEO of The Vine Centre, which won first prize in the last round of the competition, said the prize meant the organisation could finish fitting out its much needed training and catering kitchen.

“Our kitchen is vital as we provide 3,500 meals a year to homeless people and run a Catering Training Programme for unemployed people,” he commented.

“Our busy centre is accessed 8,000 times a year so having new equipment means a great deal to the team and the volunteers who work so hard to help those in need.”

Jonathan Casley, Managing Director of Stoves’ parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, said the business was “amazed” by the response to the competition run earlier this year.

“We had entries from a really diverse range of organisations, all doing fantastic work for their communities.  What this demonstrated to us is that food preparation really is at the heart of community projects and access to a kitchen can be a lifeline for vulnerable members of society.”

The deadline for nominations for this latest leg of the competition is 9am on Monday 3rd October. When the nominations have closed, a shortlist will be announced and this will then be put to a public vote. The projects which receive the most votes will be awarded bronze, silver and gold prize packages worth between £2,000 and £5,000.


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