Meet the man cooking meals for 50 of the city’s most vulnerable in Ashton

Posted on - 16th April, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Preston News
Chris Gavin set up the community meals service at the start of the coronavirus lockdown
Chris set up the community meals service at the start of the coronavirus lockdown

More than 50 vulnerable people in Preston are being fed each day thanks to a kind-hearted community chef.


Chris Murray set up the ‘Ashton on Ribble Here For Humanity’ service to help those self-isolating or struggling for a hot meal.

He is using the kitchens at Evan’s Fish and Chips in Blackpool Road to cook up the meals each afternoon before they are delivered across Ashton and other nearby areas.

Much of the food comes from the charity FareShare which distributes excess or near to date food from supermarkets and wholesalers.

One of the meals prepared by Chris
One of the meals prepared by Chris

The meals go to the city’s homeless, who are being housed in many properties by the Foxton Centre and others, as well as elderly or those registered as vulnerable people.

Read more: How The Foxton Centre is helping the city’s homeless during lockdown

Alongside meals then Chris is also dropping off donated fruit and vegetables to those not able to get out.

Donated fruit and veg to Chris' Ashton service
Donated fruit and veg to Chris’ Ashton service

He is now appealing for donations of food to keep the service going as well as volunteer delivery drivers.

Food can be dropped at Evan’s in Blackpool Road or you can email if you’re able to help with delivering the meals from 4pm each day or for people to help cook alongside Chris too.

Read more: Share your experiencing of social distancing and be a part of Preston’s history

You can also join the Ashton-on-Ribble Here For Humanity Facebook group

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