A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
There could be no better follow-up to the climate strikes of these months than to go out and eat delicious and sustainable food, especially if cooked by fellow students.
I have come to know the Conscious Kitchen initiative during my first semester, thanks to the Humanities Buddy Programme. However, lately I decided to look more into what they do, both in Leiden and in The Hague.
Even if we never think about it, food waste is a huge problem. Not only it proves that we are actually producing more than what we eat, but also wasted food is one of the major contributors to CO2 emissions. Tackling food waste is the aim of a lot of initiatives, like TooGoodtoGo, the app that will tell you where you can buy food that is going to expire. The Conscious Kitchen is however very different from many others, as it involves students and the local community in a very concrete and direct way.
The conscious kitchen initiative takes place in The Hague and in Leiden. It is built on volunteers that go to the main market of the city to ask vendors if they can donate food that would otherwise be thrown away. The food collected is cooked the following day (always by volunteers) for anyone to enjoy! In the Hague, Conscious Kitchen dinners take place every Thursday while in Leiden every other week on Sundays. In order to pay for other costs that come along with the service, you will be asked at the entrance to give a voluntary contribution (usually people donate around 5 euros). People interested can sign up through their Facebook pages and there is always the possibility to sign up as volunteers as well! I have personally been in the Hague’s CK twice and I have volunteered in one food-collecting and one dish-washing shift here in Leiden and I can tell you: it’s tiring, but it’s a lot of fun! The volunteers are really dedicated and so great in including you in the group. Also, after the food collection, I can definitely assure you that you won’t need to go weight-lifting to the gym that day.
Of course, choosing to have a Conscious Kitchen dinner is an amazing thing to do for the environment but there are other qualities in this project that make it even more awesome
Have I convinced you to try a Conscious Kitchen dinner? Have you ever been there? If you want more information visit their website or their Facebook pages, or ask in the comments below!