Victory Kitchen has helped over 6,000 Maltese families by serving 19,000 meals during recent months.
Victory Kitchen is a food charity organisation which operates through a network of local restaurants, social workers and logistics companies. The Victory Kitchen was set up earlier this year with one sole intention; to deliver food to those families who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The charity organisation is led by Rafel Sammut, owner of Briju restaurant, who is also assisted by a number of chefs who have joined forces to help as many people as possible during these difficult times.
“Just one week after shutting our doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my chefs and I were already feeling restless and bored at home,” Sammut said.
“That evening during my daily conversations with a close friend, who works at the hospital, we exchanged ideas and one of them stuck- Victory Kitchen. The next day, I proposed this concept to my brother and fellow chefs, their feedback was encouraging and so off we went with the aim of feeding one family a day.”
So far, Victory Kitchen has helped 6,621 families, by donating over 19,576 meals.
Just last week, on Monday 17 August, Rafel, together with Hany Harb from Alibaba restaurant, Jean Galea Souchet from Cleland & Souchet, Robert Bonello, Zack De Marco and Marko Pavlovic headed to Beirut as “Team Malta for Beirut”. They assisted families affected by the recent tragedy by cooking thousands of meals and distributing 1000kg of raw produce.
They haven’t stopped there. Due to the constant need for assistance, especially during the current situation, Victory Kitchen will be organising a fundraising event in September.
After returning from Beirut, Rafel Sammut has just begun training for another charitable event, where he will be swimming from Malta to Gozo and back.
“We need all the help we can get to reach our goal, and this is why we are hosting a fundraising event,” Sammut said. “This involves a swim starting from Cirkewwa, going around Comino, up to Gozo and going back to Cirkewwa, covering a total of 15.1km.”
He said that there are thousands of families that are still in need and the Victory Kitchen translates humble food into “hope, faith and courage for those who might otherwise remain hungry”
The exact date and starting location will be confirmed later on, depending on weather conditions.
Those who wish to help, can participate by donating €100. One can contact Victory Kitchen through Facebook or by calling on 9906056. The funds will be used to feed families in need.
For more information about Victory Kitchen, go to www.victorykitchen.org