It’s all about the community
Another example of kind hearted community action has proved a whirlwind success after just a matter of weeks.
Julie Baxter who is known for bringing delicious home-made baking to vulnerable people during the pandemic, has now set up a catering business and is running a community kitchen in Amble.
In February, Julie began her main business, Cottage Catering, making afternoon teas and buffets, but at the same time she has set up a community kitchen, in St Marks church hall. The community kitchen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and provides a hot meal for £3.25 and soup and a roll for £1.25.
Julie told The Ambler. “People can just ring up and order and we can deliver. A lot of our customers are those who were or still are shielding. Some people have lost their jobs. It’s made me realise how many people need what I’m doing.”
Julie is working alongside the Food Bank and fundraises for them, and she has also a team of volunteers who she has taken under her wing. “I’m helping some of them get qualifications, so they can get jobs. My aim after lockdown is to teach people to cook on a budget. I’ve got 15 people signed up already!”
Everything is done by the book, I’ve already got my 5 star hygiene rating. All my produce is bought locally. At half term I had 137 children from Warkworth school here showing them what I do. I was telling them all about why people have to use food banks.
“It’s amazingly busy. I’m loving it. Today I did 44 lunches and a full pan of soup. There are so many people struggling, I want to help them all.”
To contact Cottage Catering or the community kitchen, ring Julie on 07447665629 or get in touch via the Cottage Catering Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Cottage-Catering