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Thousands volunteer for lockdown meal deliveries

‘We hope…these meals can help our vulnerable residents and low-income families’

01 May, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Westminster Connects volunteer Colin helps with distribution

THREE thousand people have volunteered to deliver food to the vulnerable through the council’s Westminster Connects scheme.

Meals are being cooked in the kitchens of the five-star Berkeley Hotel and taken to low-income families and elderly residents stuck at home in the corona­virus crisis lockdown.

Council leader Rachael Robathan, along with housing chief Cllr David Harvey, helped out with deliveries from a hub in Dryburgh Hall that is sending meals to the sheltered accommodation block Glastonbury House, Pimlico.

Cllr David Harvey, centre, joins the aid effort

Cllr Robathan said: “I continue to be amazed by the generosity and overwhelming support from our Westminster Connects volunteers.

To see them work together with The Berkeley Hotel to produce and deliver thousands of meals for our most vulnerable residents really is inspiring.

“I want to thank the team for their hard work in helping us support all those who need us during this incredibly tough time.”

The Berkeley in Knightsbridge had to shut because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. It is cooking around 1,750 meals each week that are distributed by the council.

McDonald’s outlets in Westminster are giving lettuce, tomatoes and milk for meals that are being given to the homeless through food banks.

London black cab drivers are ferrying rough sleepers to hotel places.

Cllr Rachael Robathan delivers food to Glastonbury House in Pimlico

Chelsea Football Club and The MCC Foundation, the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club, at Lord’s, have donated money to help fund the food being packaged at the “Unity Kitchen”.

The Hilton London Metropole is delivering food to North Paddington Foodbank.

Cllr Harvey added: “We hope by delivering these meals, we can help ease the burden for our vulnerable residents and low-income families.

“It was great to see our staff and volunteers work together with one of our local businesses to help those people who really need it.”


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