Cooperation Kentish Town was the first co-op in the network. It was founded in 2019 on the Ingestre Road estate in Kentish Town, north London, by a group of community organisers and local residents.
The Co-op was launched at a Free food Larder event, where neighbours were invited to collect free supplies ahead of the Christmas school holiday, socialise and join a freshly cooked communal meal. It was also an opportunity to introduce the co-op idea and invite new members.
Free refreshments and childcare throughout the day meant that parens could spend time at the co-op.
Cooperation Kentish Town started organising in Jan 2020 and reached 20 members soon after.
However, Covid-19 meant that meetings had to stop due to safety concerns. Instead, the co-op was able to use its existing infrastructure (a space, links with food suppliers and a local network of organisers) to transition into a crisis response hub, managing mass food distribution across the borough of Camden. Cooperation Kentish Town is currently distributing around 1000 meals a week to neighbours on low or no income. In addition, the co-op is working with a large group of asylum seekers based in Kentish Town to organise weekly food supplies, ESOL classes and immigration support.
If you live on or around NW5 and would like to join the co-op, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.