Preston community group and local eateries restart free hot meals for the vulnerable

Posted on - 27th September, 2020 - 9:07am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Charities, Food & Drink, Health, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston
Hot meals ready for delivery from Dog & Partridge
Hot meals ready for delivery from Dog and Partridge

A hot food delivery service that gave out 10,000 free meals during Covid-19 lockdown has started cooking again.


The initiative, organised by Preston Here for Humanity based in Ashton, sees local eateries donating their premises, time and food to create the hot meals.

Chris Murray, founder of Preston Here for Humanity said: “With the extra restrictions coming in we’ve decided the best way to support vulnerable people is to restart our hot food service.

“As before we are using business kitchens and qualified chefs, and then we deliver the meals to people in their homes.

“This time the service is a bit different as it’s for elderly residents, those shielding at home, and people having appointments for illnesses like cancer cancelled due to new restrictions.”

The service restarted on Wednesday (23 September) at Dog and Partridge, before moving to The Silk Route on Thursday.

Preparing the free meals
Preparing the free meals

Today Top Cafe is donating Sunday dinners, and future meals will come from Pattie Shack, Wee Chippy, Crave, Home Indulge and Tinos.

Chris said: “The local food community has been amazing. Last time we ran the service premises were closed whereas now they’re open with Covid-19 guidelines in place. I suggested a new plan of them cooking and drivers just arriving to collect, and they couldn’t have been more happy to help.

“I’ve always supported local, and now more so than ever. These businesses constantly support the local community and many times it goes unrecognised. None if it would be possible without them.”

The service is expected to continue until restrictions ease.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the service, email or send a message to the Community Owned Facebook page. Businesses who would like to get on board are also encouraged to get in touch.

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What do you think of Preston Here for Humanity’s work, and the eateries that are helping? Let us know in the comments.

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