Duchess Meghan reaches out to The Hubb Community Kitchen on anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire

By Zach Harper

Duchess Meghan has spent lots of time working with the Hubb Community Kitchen, an initiative founded by survivors of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. This weekend she reportedly reached out to the volunteers there to offer them her thoughts on the third anniversary of the London disaster, which claimed 72 people's lives.

According to the Evening Standard, the Duchess of Sussex sent The Hubb an audio message on June 14, just ahead of commemorations being held in the U.K. capital that day.

"I think back to when I met all of you and how you had all come together in the wake of what you experienced in your community," the paper reports she said. "And now what you have done is such an inspiration. You continue to give back, you continue to put love in action. And that's really what Hubb is all about... we know it means love, but you are an example of love in action, and that is your purpose."

Meghan hugs Zaheera Sufyaan, co-coordinator of The Hubb Community Kitchen, in 2018. Photo: © Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

The Grenfell Tower was a 24-storey residential building in North Kensington that caught fire on June 14, 2017. The Hubb is run out of the Al-Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in North Kensington. In 2018, Meghan helped The Hubb by writing the foreword to Together: Our Community Cookbook, which featured recipes from those who run the initiative. In less than a year, the book raised nearly $1 million and sold more than 130,000 copies.

"I'm so proud of you, so is Harry," Meghan continued, "and we are sending so much love to you from across the pond and thinking of you today, as I'm sure it's a difficult day, but also one where you can look at how much you've accomplished in the past three years, and how you continue to give back and be an example for all of those around you."

When she visited The Hubb in 2018 to see how funds raised by the cookbook had made a difference, Meghan got involved in helping make a meal. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

This isn't the first time Meghan has reached out to the Hubb since she and Harry moved to Los Angeles earlier this year. In April, she had a Zoom call with Hubb kitchen manager Leila Hedjem and Cherine Mallah, Halima al-Hudafi, Oxana Sinitsyna and Jennifer Odonkor, who all devote their time to the kitchen. They discussed The Hubb's work with The Felix Project, which was delivering produce to the kitchen so it could make 250 to 300 meals for London families.

"I'm so proud of the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen and the continued support the Felix Project gives them to carry out these acts of goodwill – which, at this moment in time, are urgently needed," Meghan said. "I'm equally moved by the many people who are contributing to the Evening Standard's campaign to raise money for these vital organizations in the wake of COVID-19."

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