Raheem Sterling Foundation has donated £5000 to Ark Elvin Academy in support of their Community Kitchen initiative.

For 18 weeks, starting 2nd November,  Raheem Sterling’s former high school, Ark Elvin Academy will provide a free hot meal every Wednesday evening from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, to bring families in the local communities together.

In association with Sufra Food Bank and Kitchen, a local charity in North West London that addresses both the causes and consequences of impoverishment in the community, the school will be inviting their pupils, family and friends, plus local community groups to share a meal, and meet new people in a warm and welcoming environment.

The Community Kitchen was set up by Principal Rebecca Curtis to bring families together this winter.

Rebecca Curtis, Principal of Ark Elvin Academy commented, ‘’At Ark Elvin Academy we want to do everything we can to support our community through the winter ahead. We are so excited to be able to open our doors to our pupils, their families and the wider community in Brent to meet together and enjoy a delicious, freshly cooked and free three-course meal in our wonderful canteen.

 ‘’We could not have done this without the generous support of the Raheem Sterling Foundation and the great partnership with Sufra. The community spirit in Brent is one of the many things that make our borough special and we are looking forward to celebrating that with our community every week through the long winter ahead.’

 Families and friends in the Brent community will enjoy a three-course meal, play board games and get involved with activities, and pupils can receive homework support from staff volunteers during the evening if needed.

Clive Ellington, Chair of Trustees for the Raheem Sterling Foundation added, ‘’The country is going through a time of uncertainty, with many families not knowing where to turn. When Rebecca informed us of the Community Kitchen initiative, we did not hesitate in wanting to make it a reality.

”As well as financial struggles, many people face loneliness over winter. We hope that communities in Brent will see our plea and join us at Ark Elvin Academy over the coming weeks.’’

 Fahim Dahya, Logistics & Facilities Manager for Sufra NW London said, ‘’We are grateful for this partnership with Ark Elvin Academy and The Raheem Sterling Foundation that will help bring the local community together by providing them a safe warm space to provide support and relief through these challenging times, and its only by working together in this way will we really be able to make a difference.’’

For more information about Ark Elvin Academy’s Community Kitchen, visit the Ark Elvin Academy website.