Here's how we can help feed our vulnerable communities during these difficult times.
While we all practice social-distancing to protect each other, here are other ways we can support the most vulnerable and our workers on the front lines through our #FeedYourCommunity initiative.
Social distancing may be keeping us all apart physically, but we cannot deny the ways it has united us as we all find new ways to look out for one another during these difficult times.
From smaller gestures, such as #ClapforCarers to show our appreciation for the NHS, to larger corporate pivots to help manufacture masks and ventilators, we have all risen to the call of collaboration and community.
What are City Pantry doing?
Here at City Pantry, we are also heeding the call by launching the #FeedYourCommunity initiative and partnering with City Harvest, Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust, and various shelters to donate and distribute food to those most in need at this time.
City Harvest provides support to 300 organisations by collecting surplus food from all areas of the food industry and redistributing it to the most vulnerable members of society -- while also helping the industry be more sustainable! We have worked with City Harvest for a while, by diverting any last-minute order cancellations to someone suffering from hunger. We are now strengthening our partnership, working with our restaurant partners to help donate any excess or leftover food stock.
And we haven’t forgotten our front-line and NHS staff, working tirelessly and putting their lives at risk to take care of patients and keep us all healthy. Through our collaboration with the NHS, we are helping to send one-off or regular food bundles to medical and support staff from 16 London hospitals at the epicentre of this epidemic:
- Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust)
- Charing Cross Hospital (Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust)
- St. Mary’s Hospital (Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust)
- NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel
- North Middlesex Hospital
- St. Thomas’ Hospital
- Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
- University College Hospital
- Evelina Children’s Hospital
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Lewisham Hospital
- Edgware Community Hospital
- Royal London Hospital
- Homerton Hospital
- King George Hospital
- Royal Brompton Hospital
We’ve also donated meals and sweet treats to fire, police, and ambulance stations, as well as to key workers in supermarkets.
Since announcing our initiative several weeks ago, over 34,200 meals have been donated and delivered, feeding the hungry and tired members of the community.
On Easter Sunday we helped to deliver 500 of Dominique Ansel Bakery's finest hot cross buns to 11 NHS hospitals, and in the days following that we parternered with Sands Catering to distribute 5000 Greggs doughnuts to frontline staff and vulnerable communities around London.
We want to thank all of you that have donated so far and continue to do so.
You can still join in, too!
Instead of ordering your typical lunch to the office, send a food parcel to those essential workers. Simply choose from specific food bundles from City Pantry restaurants and catering partners, including ByChloe, The Lebanese Bakery, Dominique Ansel Bakery, Café Route, The Athenian and Bad Brownie, to uplift workers’ spirits and show appreciation to those front-line heroes.
As per usual, you will cover the cost of the food and delivery. All proceeds will cover vendor costs, thereby supporting the food industry and NHS workers during this difficult time.
If you’re interested in donating food to our charity partners, feel free to get in touch with your Account Manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equally if you have any recommendations for charity partners who are looking for recurring donations, please don’t hesitate to let us know!
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