The Neighbourhood Kitchen
The Neighbourhood Kitchen in Hong Kong remains Grosvenor Asia Pacific’s flagship community and social venture project.
Together with Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun Community Centre, we opened our first Neighbourhood Kitchen in Shek Tong Tsui in September 2018. The Kitchen was initially set up to support residents on very low incomes living in sub-divided units (SDUs), providing them with professional food storage facilities and all the equipment needed to cook and bond over meals with family and friends.
In 2020 we expanded the offering to members, focusing on health and wellbeing, and supplemental education for the members’ children. We extended our support during the most acute periods of Covid-19 to ensure that families had access to PPE and technology not normally available to SDU residents. We also launched an interim initiative called ’Project Social Food’ to prepare and distribute hot meals to members in need.
We plan to scale up the current Neighbourhood Kitchen offering to include a school lunch programme and additional extra-curricular activities, eventually developing similar offerings in other low-income neighbourhoods of Hong Kong. Our vision is for the Neighbourhood Kitchen and other future initiatives to become self-sustaining social ventures that foster job opportunities at the grassroots level, promoting social mobility, employability, and longterm health benefits in underserved communities.
In April 2019, we released the Neighbourhood Cookbook, a collection of stories, interviews and recipes from the Neighbourhood Kitchen community. All profits from sales are donated to Caritas for the Neighbourhood Kitchen.