Our latest posts in covid-19

Charity spotlight: Clockhouse Community Centre | City Pantry

We've been working alongside Clockhouse Community Centre as part of our #FeedYourCommunity project since October 2020. Find out more about how this organisation is making a positive impact in the local community during such a challenging time.

  • As part of our #FeedYourCommunity initiative, we've been working alongside Virtu Financial, one of our generous customers that has donated money to the cause, and Sands Catering to deliver food donations to Clockhouse Community Centre. We caught up with Kevin McBrien, Manager at The Clockhouse, to find out more about what the organisation does and how they're making a difference to the local community during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Tell us a little bit about The Clockhouse and what you do?

  • We are based in Woolwich Dockyard and are the central Hub for the local community, working with and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our local population. The Clockhouse has a proud tradition of being at the heart of the community, offering a warm welcoming space where people can come to access services and support. The centre is a particular lifeline for groups such as the over 60’s, single parents, those who may not speak English as their first language, and many families and individuals who live in acute poverty.

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the community centre?

    We are effectively closed to the public for all of our normal group activities, exercise classes, tuition, and training etc., and our Community Cafe is also closed. But since April 2020 we have been operating our own Free Food Hub providing a wide range of food to the most vulnerable and socially isolated local residents.

  • Clockhouse volunteer wearing mask and holding food boxes
  • Do you think that community has become even more important during the pandemic?

  • Without a doubt. The pandemic has shown there is a huge amount of generosity and goodwill within all communities to help support those most in need of help. People’s awareness of how prevalent poverty is has increased and there is a heightened sense of wanting to help your neighbours.  

  • City Pantry has been working with Clockhouse since October. How has this partnership helped the centre and the wider community?

    The involvement and generosity of City Pantry, Virtu Financial, and Sands Catering has been hugely important to the Clockhouse. The food we receive is of very high quality and the dishes you provide reflect the varied and different cultural groups the Clockhouse work with. We are immensely grateful and thankful to everyone involved for their kindness.

If you'd like to donate meals to our #FeedYourCommunity initiative in order to support local communities as well as key workers, please get in touch with your Account Manager or email Thank you!

4th February 2021 • • covid-19 Continue Reading
A look back at 2020 | City Pantry

Thank you for all your support during this challenging year. From virtual team parties to helping feed the community, here's a look back on our year at City Pantry.

31st December 2020 • • covid-19
Feeding the community this Christmas | City Pantry

We've partnered with some great charities and causes to help support vulnerable communities this Christmas, delivering food parcels to soup kitchens, families, and volunteers.

14th December 2020 • • covid-19
The best DIY meal kits for virtual team building

Making DIY restaurant meal kits with the family has become a popular lockdown pastime. But did you know that it's the perfect socially distant team-building exercise too?

3rd December 2020 • 5 min read • covid-19
Delivering meals to schools with Mission Kitchen | City Pantry

We've partnered with Mission Kitchen to help them deliver nutritious meals to schools and fight food poverty, while supporting local food businesses.

9th November 2020 • • covid-19
The nation’s takeaway divide: the unhealthiest regions revealed

City Pantry and Just Eat reveals the nation's takeaway divide, by looking at which cuisines and eating habits saw the biggest rise during lockdown.

17th September 2020 • 5 min read • covid-19
Q&A with Bad Brownie: postal treats, corporate orders, and thoughts on the future

Paz from Bad Brownie sheds light on the impact of lockdown and how the business has pivoted in order to cater to the 'new normal'.

25th August 2020 • 5 min read • covid-19
Q&A with Country City Catering: lockdown, hampers, and predictions for the future

We spoke with Kate Hole from Country City Catering about how the business pivoted during lockdown and what might be in store for the future.

18th August 2020 • 5 min read • covid-19
#FeedYourCommunity: giving back during COVID-19

Find out how many meals we've delivered to the NHS, shelters, and other frontline institutions as part of our #FeedYourCommunity initiative!

13th August 2020 • 5 min read • covid-19
Back to the office: a chat with the City Pantry People Team

Our People Associate Rosie talks to us about City Pantry's back-to-office plan and gives some advice to other companies looking to re-open their workspaces.

21st July 2020 • 5 min read • covid-19
COVID-19 and the hospitality industry: July 2020 report

Our new report looks at how food businesses have adapted to the new normal and what their predictions are for the future of the industry.

13th July 2020 • 5 min read • covid-19