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DOCUMENTARY. “Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you have to eat badly” or how to successfully boil the pot of the social and solidarity economy

DOCUMENTARY.  “Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you have to eat badly” or how to successfully boil the pot of the social and solidarity economy
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Label gamelle succeeds in successfully cooking economy and solidarity. Based in the suburbs of Paris, this integration company delivers quality meals to emergency accommodation centres. Thierry Kübler’s documentary retraces the life of Label gamelle since its launch in 2020. The concept is based on this sentence: “Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you have to eat badly”. It is also the title of the film. To discover in La France en Vrai.

At the start, there is Christine, a very senior executive in insurance and Vincent, chef in palaces and other starred restaurants. These two, in their mid-forties, decide to change their lives. Together they set up “Label bowl” in Montreuil in Seine-Saint-Denis. Uborn central kitchen from which meals will come out for the emergency accommodation centers in eastern Paris. Quality meals at less than 5 euros.

They reached out to me when I was little. Today it’s my turn to reach out…

Vincent Dautry, co-founder of Label gamelle

And “reaching out” for Christine and Vincent is to be part of a social and solidarity economy. Label gamelle is a professional integration company whose employees live themselves in the accommodation centers for which they cook. More than 1,000 meals are delivered every day. “For me too, it’s a new profession, said Vincent Dautry. I need to relearn the basics. I worked for 10 people, there I have to make several hundred meals a day while training our employees. They reached out to me when I was little. Today, it’s my turn”.

The meals offered by Label gamelle have the flavors of the world of those who evolve in the kitchen. From French beef bourguigon to African yassa via Asia, everything is homemade. Portions of 400 grams, balanced and tasty for disadvantaged audiences. An ethical proposal coupled with a social component.

The goal here is for everyone to leave. The opposite of all businesses…

Christine Merckelbagh, co-founder of Label gamelle

Label gamelle employees benefit from CDD Insertion. The minimum wage for 35 hours per week. Eight-month contracts during which real individual support is set up: finding accommodation, work, driving license, administrative formalities, French lessons, etc.

“The goal here is for everyone to leave! The opposite of all businesses… explains Christine Merckelbagh. Here, we put our foot back in the stirrup to bring or bring back autonomy”

The accompaniment of each one is built according to the individual project. As for Samer. This Syrian, a home automation engineer, will leave the kitchen to work in his field. It has benefited from the network of social and solidarity enterprises to which Label gamelle belongs.

Thierry Kübler’s documentary, shot in the central kitchen of Label gamelle, reminds us that it is possible to boil economy and solidarity in the same pot without sacrificing the human factor. A rather appetizing economical recipe.

In France, the social and solidarity economy brings together 200,000 companies and/or structures. They represent 10% of the GDP and employ more than 2 million people.

“Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you have to eat badly”, a film by Thierry Kübler (co-produced by Ex Nihilo and france·tv). Broadcast on Thursday March 31, 2022 at 11:20 p.m. in La France en Vrai on France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

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