May 26, 2020 • News3 min read

#FeedYourCommunity - How we’re supporting communities during COVID-19

Here's how are helping to feed 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 key workers through our #FeedYourCommunity initiative.

Social distancing may be keeping us all apart physically, but we cannot deny that it has also 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 is City Pantry doing to support the community?

Here at City Pantry, we are also heeding the call by launching the #FeedYourCommunity initiative alongside City Harvest, NHS hospitals, and various charities around London 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 -- fighting food waste and 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 vendor partners to help donate any excess or leftover food stock.

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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

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We’ve also delivered meals and sweet treats to support essential workers in fire, police, and ambulance stations, as well as to key workers in supermarkets.

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Get involved by donating

Since announcing our initiative several weeks ago, over 53,600 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 hospitals, and on International Nurses Day (12th May) we delivered over 3,000 meals to NHS workers in collaboration with Hospitality for Heroes.

We also parternered with Sands Catering to distribute around 4000 Greggs doughnuts to frontline staff and vulnerable communities around London each week, in addition to over 2000 Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

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We want to thank all of you that have donated so far and continue to do so. There's still time for you and your company to join in if you haven't already!

Instead of ordering your typical lunch to the office, send a food care package 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 frontline 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 foodguru@citypantry.com.

Equally if you have any recommendations for charity partners who are looking for recurring donations, please don’t hesitate to let us know!


If you'd like to find out what we're doing to help the NHS outside of our #FeedYourCommunity project, take a look at our partnership with Thankful Hearts.

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