Kent Community Foundation Volunteer at Celebration Church in Maidstone

On 30 January, eleven members of the Kent Community Foundation team, spent time volunteering with Celebration Church in Maidstone to help with creating some new systems and packaging  food boxes to support local families.

The team, who in their day jobs award grants to community groups and charities across the county   helped Scott and Lydia, their 1-year-old Rosie and colleague Roy from Celebration Church, to create a filing system for copies of their forty different recipe cards, label packaging and prepare food in the kitchen and choose a selection of all age  books to create a children’s library for families to access.

After a  lunch of vegetable chilli, jackets and rice, (one of the most popular Celebration Church recipes from their food boxes) the team helped to rearrange the space to welcome local families to pick up their food parcels and join the ‘Stay & Play’ session, where families come to be themselves, make friends and enjoy a warm space with refreshments, toys and books.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said  “We are very impressed with Lydia and Scott’s commitment to their local community and how they are continually thinking about new ideas to support local families. Their ‘Celebrate Family Food’  boxes contain recipe cards, fresh produce, spices and store cupboard basics to encourage healthy cooking on a budget and  inspire families to cook and eat together and we wish them continued success supporting their community so positively.”

Georgie  MacFarlan, Individuals’ Grants Officer, Kent Community Foundation, said “It was a great day and I was impressed by the long-term impact the food boxes are having on families. Celebration Church is not just providing ingredients for meals but changing how families cook and eat together.”

Lydia from Celebration Church said “We are so thankful to Kent Community Foundation for their support of our community food project, ever since we began in the 2020 lockdowns. Kent Community Foundation has been a lifeline to our work on a number of occasions, granting us essential funds to continue to support our community and create a happy and safe place for families here.”

To contact Kent Community Foundation about funding for charities and community groups call 01303 814500, email or visit


About Celebration Church

Celebration Church, in Park Wood Maidstone, provides community support alongside faith based activities. They hold an afterschool club and a ‘Celebrate Family Food’ project which provides food boxes, with ingredients and recipe cards to encourage families to cook and eat together on a budget.

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for over twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £50 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than ninety philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.