In the run up to Halloween, ChangeKitchen CIC declared a #PumpkinAmnesty. They ran a campaign on Facebook asking people to donate their pumpkins after 31st October. Locals were urged to bring their unwanted Halloween pumpkins to the ChangeKitchen Cafe at Stirchley Baths.

The response to the campaign has been astonishing. Although a small CIC with less than 2,000 Facebook followers, almost 48,000 people saw this post - it obviously captured people’s imagination. Generous Brummies donated so many pumpkins (mostly whole ones) that ChangeKitchen have been able to cook and donate litres of tasty, nutritious pumpkin soup to the SIFA Fireside charity. The homeless drop-in centre has served this to clients, with 1,000 portions of soup being enjoyed over 4 lunchtimes.

Louise Kilbride, SIFA Fireside said “It’s great that ChangeKitchen has made us so much delicious pumpkin soup for our clients. We provide hot food for 150 homeless adults at our Drop-In every weekday and rely on donations of food and money to do this. Thank you ChangeKitchen for your regular support“.

Dr Birgit Kehrer, Founder of ChangeKitchen CIC, said: “we knew that millions of carved pumpkins go unnecessarily to landfill every year. To avoid this, our idea was to transform this delicious fruit into wholesome soup to feed homeless adults. We were overwhelmed with the response and are thrilled to have facilitated this endeavour”.

ChangeKitchen CIC is an award-winning event caterer and thriving social enterprise. They have catered for corporate events, weddings, community gatherings and their own hugely popular pop-up cafes since 2010. ChangeKitchen offer innovative vegetarian and vegan menus, all carefully put together using the finest local, organic and seasonal ingredients. To find out more about ChangeKitchen, please visit the website http://www.changekitchen.co.uk, follow us on Facebook @ChangeKitchen or Twitter and Instagram, @changekitchen to get updates on events and campaigns.

ChangeKitchen are in joint venture with the Jericho Foundation. You can find their website here http://jericho.org.uk/catering/.