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Matbakh El Kell : The Community Kitchen
What is Matbakh El Kell?
Matbakh El Kell is a community kitchen that serves 2500 free meals daily for those in need.
How did Matbakh El Kell start?
Matbakh El Kell was born out of a response to the August 4th Beirut Port Explosion, and out of the necessity to react to the economical crisis and problems Lebanon is facing.
The Matbakh El Kell & Community Farmer’s Market projects are implemented by Souk el Tayeb in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as the support of Alfanar, PACES Charity, and World Central Kitchen.
Where is Matbakh El Kell located?
Matbakh El Kell is located in the heart of the destroyed by the blast area of Mar Mikhael, Armenia Street. Matbakh El Kell produces 2500 meals at Souk El Tayeb’s home in the heart of Mar Mar Mikhael.
Who does the cooking?
Meals are cooked by Matbakh El Kell permanent staff, and assisted by Tawlet’s cooks, women from all over Lebanon, and daily workers (CFWs- Cash For Work). The Cash For Work initiative provides temporary employment to 75 workers from very vulnerable communities.
Who receives the meals?
Food-insecure families across Beirut receive meals daily from Matbakh El Kell… the elderly in Mar Mikhael, outpatients at Karantina Hospital, orphans in Burj Hammoud… reaching those in need all across the city, through our network of community partners.
How are meals distributed?
Matbakh El Kell works hand in hand with Achrafieh 2020, Bonheur Du Ciel, Beit El Baraka, Teta w Jiddo Project, Lebanese Food Bank, Mar Mikhael Church, Karantina Hospital, and Beb w Chebbek… our partners distribute Matbakh El Kell meals daily to beneficiaries from different communities across Beirut.
What can I do to help?
Beirut still needs your support. You can volunteer your time, give food, donate money, spread the word! For more information about how you can support the work of Matbakh El Kell, please contact [email protected]