Frequently asked questions

How did you start?

We started out in October 2016 as The Kitchen The Hague, organising weekly Sustainability Network Dinners. We realised there were many sustainability-related initiatives in and around The Hague and we thought it would be great to get people from these various organisations together over a dinner. Of course, we wanted the dinners themselves to be sustainable, so we used food that would otherwise have been thrown away. First we received most of the food from supermarkets, and later on local markets gave us more fruits and vegetables than we could eat. We started off with ten to twenty guests at our dinners and reached to over a hundred in spring 2017. We now host a maximum of 70 people to ensure enough food and space for everyone.

Why are you called ‘Conscious’ Kitchen?

We first called ourselves The Kitchen The Hague, as the kitchen for us represents a central place in the house where a family gets together. Next to this community-aspect, we were looking for a name that also reflects our other values of conscious living and sustainability. That is how we came up with Conscious Kitchen.

What is the goal of Conscious Kitchen?

Our primary goal is to bring people together over food. At the same time, we also want to fight food waste by cooking with fruits and veggies that would otherwise have been thrown away. On top of that, we aim to create awareness on sustainability: about the scale of food waste, about cooking with whatever is given to you and about how good plant-based food can be.

How can I get involved?

You can help us with market pickups, cooking, serving and cleaning. To learn how, just check out the question on how to volunteer on this page. If you want to get involved in background work or to be a coordinator taking a guiding role in each shift, come talk to us personally or send us a message. Other than getting involved actively, we invite you to come and talk to us at a dinner if you have any ideas to improve our events. We’re always open to feedback and suggestions! In addition, you could support us by spreading our message and inviting people to our dinner.

How can I volunteer?

We encourage anyone to jump right in by signing up as a volunteer. No specific knowledge or skills are needed. You can sign up for one shift of one event at a time. The link to the sign up sheet is posted on our facebook page in the event description. The link is available as soon as the event is posted. Done't have facebook or you have other further questions? No problem, just contact us via email or the contact sheet on this website.