Today,  the Big Community Takeaway announces that it has been awarded charity status by the Charity Commission. This is a key moment in the organisation’s development (history) as will enables it to build on 18 months’ hard work as a community project, In this time, our volunteers have prepared, cooked and delivered over 11,500 meals to people in crisis in the Chesham and Amersham area.

Commenting today, Mark Rosales, Head of Operations, says, “We’re really excited to announce this news as it provides the platform for us to start to ramp up what we do, helping even more people across Buckinghamshire and, potentially, the rest of the country. We know that the need for hot meals is there in other areas of the county and, by gaining charity status, we can apply for grants that will help us find a permanent base.”

At the moment, the Big Community Takeaway cooks meals from temporary homes at the Scout Hut in Rectory Hill, Amersham or from the Black Horse Inn in Chesham Vale.

“Having a more permanent base will be really helpful,” says Lisa Walker, Head of Catering Operations. “It would mean we could have freezer space, enabling us to prepare more food in bulk, as well as storing dry goods. The amazing donations and grants we get could then go further as currently, we can only buy what we need.”

The Big Community Takeaway provides real help to those in need and will now focus on growing its operations to help even more people.

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