Community kitchens where guests in need are served nutritious and nourishing dishes in convivial atmospheres.

  • 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 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 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 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

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.

With the help of different partners, we restore and renovate neglected spaces transforming them into inspiring community kitchens, open Monday to Friday, where people in situations of social vulnerability can feel welcome, and where the local community can rediscover the value of the abandoned and the potential behind food surplus. Renowned chefs are also invited to share their creativity and expertise and cook delicious and healthy meals for our guests using surplus ingredients. By doing so, we want to raise awareness on the value of food and on the importance of quality and hospitality to restore dignity.