Upping The Game is, a local initiative to help offer a hot, nutritious, hearty meal to the homeless of Bassetlaw and those in genuine food poverty. They have provided regular street kitchens during the winter. Upping The Game founder Jonathan Davis enlisted the help of Victoria Brooks, the Community Champion for Morrisons Worksop and Retford, who very kindly offered to provide the crock-pot, table, water heater and also provide hygiene packs and fruit for every street kitchen. Morrisons really have been a huge help, they offered the use of their facilities to cook the food and the team of volunteers then head out to whichever location they’re operating from, set up the generator and keep the food piping hot all night.
The group were then contacted by The Country Food Trust, a national charity that provides over 100,000 meals a year across the UK. These meals come pre packed and simply need heating. As they have a shelf life of a year at ambient temperature, they’re ideal for storing without refrigeration.
The overwhelming support from the local community has been humbling. They often get people stopping to ask who they are, then stay for a tea or coffee and always leave a donation. It sometimes turns in to a bit of a community ‘get together’!
Upping The Game have one simple mission, to help support the homeless and local people who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Their street kitchens are discreet, they don’t ask questions or judge on individual circumstances. However, they always give their time to listen and help provide a pathway to help should they be asked.
This is a purely voluntary service with no external funding. They rely on the help and generosity of locals and local businesses. If anyone would like to donate, you can do so at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/upping-the-game-street-kitchen. Every penny raised goes towards ensuring they can continue to deliver this service across Bassetlaw and North Nottinghamshire. They’re currently in the process of widening our reach to include Rotherham, Mansfield, Sheffield and Lincoln and an ambition to roll this out nationwide.
If anyone would like to help, please do contact them on their social media — Facebook: ‘Upping The Game’, Twitter: @Upping_TheGame — or drop them an email at Uppingthegame@gmx.com.