Calais Food Collective

Calais Food Collective

We are the Calais Food Collective - we are a small grassroots emergency response team who  provide  food and water to displaced communities across Northern France. We distribute a variety of food items - we provide dry ingredients which can be cooked and some fresh fruit and vegetables, allowing people the autonomy to manage their own food. We also attempt to tackle water insecurity by providing water for drinking, cooking and washing. We currently support between 1000-2000 people (depending on season) and only expect this number to increase given the current political situation. We are a non-hierarchical organisation, and aim to work in solidarity with the people we give food to. We are a political organsiation.

  • Where is it?

    We work in both Calais and Dunkirk

  • What will I be doing?

    Generally, our volunteers tend to take on a wide variety of roles within the collective. All of our volunteers help to pack and sort food in our warehouse. Most of our volunteers go out on distributions, giving food directly to the communities we work with,  as these distributions are the bulk of our work. We run as a collective, so there are no managers or co-ordinators; everyone takes on responsibility for different areas of work, such as finance, stock management, communication, and advocacy. Volunteers are free to choose which areas they work on, and how they balance their different roles.

  • What impact would I have?

    On a day to day level, our services enable people to cook for themselves and to access water. In a more long term sense however, volunteers can have a huge impact in shaping different ways that we work to better support communities. As a collective, we are reliant on the skills our members bring, so any skills or interests volunteers bring can really change the nature of our work.

  • Who will I be working with?

    We work in a team of around 14 people in the Collective. We also work with a range of other charities on the ground, such as Utopia 56, Calais WoodYard, L’Auberge des Migrants and Human Rights Observers

  • Minimum age


  • Accommodation

    We ask that volunteers fund their own accomodation for the first month of their stay (we can recommend a host near to our warehouse). After the first month, free accomodation is provided with other volunteers in a mobile home. If you require financial support for your travel, or first month accomodation, please let us know.

  • Minimum time

    2 months. However, the longer the better! We require at least 5 long-term volunteers (5+ months) at any given time.

  • Extra Costs

    We have a communal fund for volunteer’s food, drink and hygiene items. However, we cannot cover the costs of luxury items.

  • Skills required

    • Spoken Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Tigrinya, Amharic, Vietnamese, Kurdish (particularly Sorani)
    • Drivers
    • Dieticians
    • Finance
    • Stock/Logistics
    • Grant applications
    • Fundraising
    • Activism