Stoves reopens Community Kitchens competition

British appliance brand Stoves is again putting up £20,000 to help local community organisations transform their kitchen facilities.

It launched the community projects last year and has been ‘inundated’ with entries for this year’s competition.

People are asked to nominate organisations that they believe have had a positive impact on their local community. More than 200 nominations have been received so far this year.

The winners of last year’s round included a Liverpool-based charity supporting low income families by providing a free hot meals service for children during the holidays, a Blackburn-based women’s centre and a Hampshire-based homeless charity keen to improve its catering facilities.

For the current competition, nominations will be accepted via the Stoves website and people should explain in no more than 300 words why the community initiative they are proposing deserves to win.

A shortlist will then be announced and put to a public vote. Those with the most votes will be awarded bronze, silver and gold prize packages worth between £2,000 and £5,000.

Jonathan Casley, managing director of Stoves’s parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, said: “We were amazed by the response earlier this year. We had entries from a really diverse range of organisations, all doing fantastic work for their communities. What this demonstrated to us is that food preparation really is at the heart of community projects and access to a kitchen can be a lifeline for vulnerable members of society.”

The deadline for nominations is 9am on October 3.

  • Title image shows previous winners Dororthy Goodman School in Leicestershire with a Stoves cooker
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