Kitchens and Struggle

A big part of what we’ve been doing for the past years, is hosting the anti-food waste dinner on Sunday evening. For us, providing people with a meal made from trash for free or donation is a political statement to address the problem of food waste and the importance of collective cooking and eating. We are not the only ones doing this, there are a lot of VoKus around in the Netherlands who organise meals or events out of the same political principles. We therefore decided to host reflection tables to share experiences and start a reflection about the importance of food and collective cooking/eating.

The first Reflection Tables on People’s Kitchens and Political Struggle took place on December 1st during our third Barriversary. It was really nice moment where we met with quite some people from different contexts and experiences that joined us for the day. It was also really nice to hear good feedback on the reflection tables from many other people that participated. It seemed like sharing experiences on our struggles and confronting with the common problems we face, even in our different contexts, was something quite needed.

As we go on trying to put in practice some of the things we discussed, we hope that this was the first of more occasions to come, maybe somewhere else, maybe also with a full day on food and politics, who knows, we’ll see.

Here are the reports from the Reflection Tables from 01/12/2019:

  • Table 1: The politics of food: How can we use our kitchens and the food we cook with to bring forth change?​
  • Table 2: Escaping the service dynamics: What to do when people see you as a service and not as a collective effort?