Refettorios & Social Tables

Refettorios and Social Tables are physical spaces designed as community hubs to inspire and empower human potential.

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The word Refettorio comes from the Latin reficere, meaning ‘to re-make’, but also ‘to restore’. It was originally a place where monks gathered together to share their daily meal. We work with local organisations, producers, artists, architects, and community leaders to restore and renovate underused spaces transforming them into inspiring community hubs, open Monday to Friday, where people in situations of social and economic vulnerability are served nutritious meals cooked with surplus ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away. Our aim is to develop spaces and experiences that can have a real impact and that can help make our communities more resilient, open opportunities for economic growth and make our food system more equal and healthy.

  • Refettorio Ambrosiano

    Refettorio Ambrosiano

    Refettorio Ambrosiano Milan, Italy

    Refettorio Ambrosiano was created in partnership with Caritas Ambrosiana on the occasion of the Expo2015 in Milan. The building, an abandoned theatre in the suburbs of Milan, was completely renovated and transformed into a brand new community kitchen. Refettorio Ambrosiano keeps welcoming people in situations of social vulnerability and offers them a daily three-course dinner service, prepared with surplus ingredients collected from markets and supermarkets across Milan. The venue is also available to the whole neighborhood for educational projects and cultural events.

    Refettorio Ambrosiano
    Piazza Greco 11, 20125, Milano
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  • Refettorio Felix

    Refettorio Felix

    Refettorio Felix London, UK

    During the London Food Month in June 2017, Food for Soul flew across the English Channel to partner with St Cuthbert’s Centre and The Felix Project. Together we established Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s, a community kitchen that offers welcoming lunchtime services to homeless people, rough sleepers and people in situations of social isolation. The community space is also used to host events, workshops and social activities to engage the local community and encourage social inclusion, as well as the development of healthier eating habits.

    Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s
    51 Philbeach Gardens, Kensington, London SW5 9EB, UK
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  • Refettorio Gastromotiva

    Refettorio Gastromotiva

    Refettorio Gastromotiva Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    On the occasion of the Olympics in 2016, Food for Soul opened its first international project: Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro. Developed in partnership with Gastromotiva, the project involved many national and international chefs who used surplus food from the Olympic Games to prepare tasty and healthy meals for people in situations of social vulnerability. Since then, Refettorio Gastromotiva has become an important hub for the local community while continuing to offer delicious meals to those in need as well as vocational training for young adults from the favelas.

    Refettorio Gastromotiva
    Rua da Lapa 108
    Lapa – Rio de Janeiro, 20021-180
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  • Refettorio Paris

    Refettorio Paris

    Refettorio Paris Paris, FR

    Refettorio Paris opened its doors in March 2018 thanks to a collaboration between Food for Soul and Le Foyer de la Madeleine. Located in the crypt of the church of La Madeleine, in the heart of Paris, Refettorio Paris offers a welcoming dinnertime service to vulnerable members of the community, including homeless, rough sleepers and refugees. Professional chefs are invited to join us and cook in our kitchen using surplus ingredients that would otherwise go to waste to make nutritious three-course meals for our guests. Thanks to the creativity and vision of a dedicated team of artists, architects and designers, Refettorio Paris has become an even more inspiring social hub where people can experience the joy of sitting together and share a meal in an inclusive atmosphere.

    Refettorio Paris at Foyer de la Madeleine
    Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris,
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  • More coming soon

Social Tables

Social Tables are services offered once per week in pre-existing community spaces, where we invite families and individuals in need to join our table with the aim of empowering a local network of actors to create an inclusive and conscious community.

  • Social Tables Antoniano Onlus

    Social Tables Antoniano Onlus

    Social Tables Antoniano Onlus Bologna, IT

    Since May 2016, Food for Soul has been collaborating with Antoniano Onlus in Bologna to expand the activities of the Mensa Padre Ernesto. Besides the regular service offered at lunch, the community kitchen opens every Monday night, serving welcoming meals cooked with surplus ingredients to families living in situations of social vulnerability.

    Social Tables Antoniano
    Via Guinizelli 3 – 40125 Bologna
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  • Social Tables Ghirlandina

    Social Tables Ghirlandina

    Social Tables Ghirlandina Modena, IT

    The Social Tables Ghirlandina was launched in December 2016 in partnership with Fondazione Auxilium, a foundation running inexpensive lunch services to paying customers in the heart of Modena. The community kitchen opens its doors every Monday evening to 70 guests in need from the local community who can now count on a weekly evening of good food and welcoming conviviality.

    Social Tables Ghirlandina
    Via Leodoino, 9 41121 Modena, Italy
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  • Social Tables Made in Cloister

    Social Tables Made in Cloister

    Social Tables Made in Cloister Naples, IT

    The Social Tables Made in Cloister were open in partnership with the Fondazione Made in Cloister to offer individuals and families experiencing social vulnerability and isolation, a healthy and nourishing weekly dinner service prepared with surplus ingredients, and a space to feel valued and heard. The space, located in the heart of Naples, has been designed to celebrate the artistic, cultural and gastronomic value of the neighbourhood through the organisation of community projects and events.

    Social Tables Made in Cloister
    Piazza Enrico de Nicola, 48 80139 Naples, Italy
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  • More coming soon