Emergency Support for Loughborough Junction

The Platform Café in Loughborough Junction is crowdfunding to offer outreach and healthy meals to locals in need during the Coronavirus crisis.

Since it launched, the campaign has received a huge amount of support from members of the community, and succeeded in reaching its initial target of £10,000 within two weeks. Thanks to the energy, enthusiasm and willingness of donors, Lambeth Council also decided to matchfund the project – an award only given to those who can demonstrate strong local support and momentum.

Now, the cafe needs your help to reach its stretch target of £15,000 before Tuesday 2nd June 2020. To find out more or make a donation, visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/emergency-support-for-loughborough-junction.

Since lockdown, The Platform Café has remained open for takeaway lunches on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with social distancing measures in place. Using surplus ingredients and veg grown at the Loughborough Farm, meals cooked by chef Sophie Lawrence have become a highlight. The team are now preparing extra free meals which are delivered to locals in need as well as NHS mortuary workers at neighbouring King’s College Hospital. The crowdfunder will allow the café to continue to deliver free meals as well as well as connecting those who are struggling with other vital services in the area.

You can visit the space at 2 Ridgway Road, SW9 7AH, just under the orange bridge in Loughborough Junction.

The Platform Cafe is a community kitchen and event space in the heart of Loughborough Junction, South London. Opened in 2017 as an off-shoot of The Loughborough Farm, the project has grown into a busy neighbourhood café, serving vegetarian lunches to locals and workers. Up until the Covid-19 crisis struck, the café ran a volunteer programme designed to get people back in to work; a guest chef project giving budding local chefs the chance to cook in a commercial setting; and hired out the space for events and supper clubs. It has become a thriving community hub offering healthy-eating workshops for local families as well as free workshops on bread making, fermentation and waste-free cooking. The cafe and farm are both projects of social action charity, the Loughborough Junction Action Group.

For more information or to get involved, please email platformcafe.lj@gmail.com or follow their Instagram: @platformcafe.lj

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