Logistics support in Calais Jungle

Update posted by SJ Rogers On Jan 20, 2016

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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Jan 20, 2016

Having planned to just drive the vans as needed I have instead found myself absorbed into the bosom of the Fabulous Food Sisters, or more formally - Tina's team of dry food distribution in Calais Kitchens!

Still driving vans, alongside making up packs to take food to the community kitchens, families, community leaders, enabling a more balanced and fair approach to food than merely line distributions and hot food. This means the residents can cook as they culturally prefer in large groups, families, small groups etc. and with preferred ingredients, as available. Diet and dignity.

We are currently sending out 7,300 portions of tinned veg/fish/pulses, salt, sugar, rice and onions a week as well as daily providing for the 4 kitchens providing hot food throughout the camp, each producing approximately 1,000 covers a time. Dunkerque has 200 individual packs sent each day also.

We have worked out that food costs around £1 per person per day, and that we are feeding at least 3,000 people. Each day.

Everything that we send out is donated. Either as the food itself or the money we can use to by the food.

We are not supported by any government grant, support, scheme, initiative... and we are the sole distributers of food in the camp. and we are not reaching everybody.

This is where your donations are going.

Thank you

x x x

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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Jan 20, 2016

A donation of £370 was made today, along with a cupboard-full of beans, tomatoes, fish and chick peas!

That's enough money for three return crossings, fuel and Euros on the Sainsbury's Currency Card which we can use to buy emergency food as its needed.

And perfect food donations.

Really touched by your consideration.

Thank you so much for your support.

x x x

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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Jan 20, 2016

Thanks so much Andrew Bailey for your donation and the spices, here's how much your cheeky pennies added up to and converted into Euros...! I didn't get a picture of the spices as they went straight out to the Oramo tribe living in the camp!


we were short on stock for our orders last week so the euros you donated were spent on a barrow load of tinned veg, chick peas and tomatoes...

THANK YOU!

x x x


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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Jan 07, 2016

If you want to send pre packed food, it saves us time making the packs and they are always needed.

The image below shows the contents list on some beautifully put together Family Packs sent in by a lady last week. The list helps us know that the pack is appropriate for the people we are giving it to.

Avoid meat but send tinned fish, its great protein and everybody eats it.

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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Jan 07, 2016

I couldn't stay away for too long, so stopped off for a couple of days in the new year and the change to the systems is immense! Each area has sectioned off into an efficient unit, and is refining their process.

I was driving the big truck for community food distribution, having moved away from line distribution and perpetuating dependency culture we now supply community leaders to enable people to use food as they prefer. Each group gets a weekly delivery.

We also supply the Ashram kitchen, Alice's Healing Area and the Calais Kitchen at the L'Auberge/Help Refugees warehouse. Each who provide hot meals in the camp daily.

Food parcels are still going out daily to Dunkerque. Individual packs, double packs and family packs like the one shown by the lovely Tina here...


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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Dec 31, 2015

I have opened a currency passport account with sainsburys which appears to be the most effective way of converting cash and using euros abroad. This can also be loaded from the UK and the account accessed in France, with no extra cost and a good exchange rate, bypassing international transfer fees

The account holds the cash raised from Amnesty and from Cash4Clothes return

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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Dec 31, 2015

If donations are not able to be used, ie dresses/smart shoes/suits etc, they can be returned to the UK to be exchanged for cash. In Cambridge there is a very good rate of 50p/kilo. On my last return the van full weighed 270k which gave us £135.

Below is the info board at Cambridge Cash4Clothes. They are very helpful.


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Update posted by SJ Rogers On Dec 31, 2015

A cash donation of £50 was raised by the Bury St Edmunds Amnesty International group on the 8th December, at a talk raising awareness of the camp. Many thanks to their interest and support

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