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Tackling Cost of Living Crisis & Climate Change…One Meal at a Time

What we do

We are passionate about reducing food waste, addressing food poverty, championing healthy eating and supporting the community.


Thursdays 1-3pm

Concordia Hall, Church Rd, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 6HB (See on Google Maps)

Local Residents & New Arrivals welcome.

Bring a couple of shopping bags to fill up!

Register for Thursday Kitchen

Why Hastings?

Hastings remains the 13th most deprived town in England with a quarter of children living in poverty. Four years ago, Hastings borough council spent £730,000 supporting 170 people. This year, it expects to spend £5.6m – a third of its total budget – providing emergency housing for 1,000 homeless families, a bill it has warned could force it into insolvency. Our community kitchen & foodbank is a social intervention providing support to local residents and new arrivals on an equal basis.

The community kitchen

Every Thursday lunchtime, using re-distributed food, Karmabank’s volunteers prepare and serve a nutritious three-course vegetarian meal to up to 100 local people in need of food support.

The Foodbank

Every Thursday our volunteers pack a bag of shopping for each of our guests and their families. Local residents and new arrivals leave with a full bag, brimming with fruit, vegetables, and dry goods.

The pickling project


Learn how to make pickle, chutney, relish or preserves and a quick “fridge pickle”. Explore with us food preservation techniques using quality surplus produce.


Increase the life of your food store, and add a tasty, element to any dish. Join us on our campaign to reduce food waste and make our kitchen self-sustaining through producing and selling our pickles & chutneys.


Each Workshop is 4hrs, and are usually held on Tuesdays from 10am-2pm.

Please contact our Kitchen for the next Workshop day and time.

Donations optional

Register here via email.

Meet Our Team

Initial funding by Fareshare Sussex and The Hastings and Rother Food Network.