Meal distributions

Meal distributions

Yesterday the French government began its distribution of meals to refugees in Calais. Although 350 meals were prepared only 170 people turned up to get food on the first day. This has been attributed to poor communication about the new program and mistrust the refugees may feel for a government program, this mistrust possibly increased by the food distribution area being surrounded by fences and barbed wire, and the high number of journalists present on the first day.

While we welcome the French government stepping up to fulfil its responsibilities to people who are living in France, we recall that, while in the old ‘Jungle’ camp the French state provide 2,500 meals a day, there was still a great need for the Calais Kitchen, the Ashram Kitchen, the Belgium Kitchen and others to support the people living there. The French authorities have continually underestimated the numbers in Calais and we do not consider it likely that the need for independent associations to provide support will disappear.

Last night our volunteers went out with emergency supplies for people who had failed to get food, and we will continue to do so as the need arises.

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About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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