The Benfica town council, in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, has launched a community kitchen project aimed at fighting high unemployment in its neighbourhoods, Visão Solidária reported, quoting Portuguese news agency Lusa.

A total of 25 citizens are taking part in the project, called Boa Vista Take-Away. Participants receive training on culinary techniques and business operations and planning, as well as on delivery and costumer services. The courses are certified by Portugal’s Institute of Employment and Professional Training.

The president of Benfica’s town council, Inês Drummond, was quoted as saying the goal is “to potentiate entrepreneurship” in some people who already did this kind of work at home, as a family business, “in an amateur level,” by giving them a larger dimension and developing a take-away service based on a community kitchen where all safety and hygiene rules are respected.

The community kitchen occupies a 120-square metres floor area. The room, located in a municipal building, was adapted to follow legal requirements regarding food producing.

Costumers will be able to call to order food. The project also allows leftovers to be distributed to local low-income families.

The Boa Vista Take-Away is supported by the Lisbon City Council’s BIP/ZIP programme, aimed at improving living conditions in a number of neighbourhoods