A new initiative announced today sees Crystal Palace Football Club chefs creating healthy meals for frontline NHS staff, families and vulnerable people in south London, in a unique partnership with food surplus redistribution charity, City Harvest London, and the Palace for Life Foundation.
Beginning earlier this week, club chefs are preparing and packaging up to 900 nutritious and nourishing meals a week in the kitchens at Selhurst Park, following the strictest hygiene and social distancing measures, which are then collected each day and distributed by City Harvest vans.
The food packages are being delivered to four key groups:
The programme is being funded by the club and individual shareholders, covering all costs of purchasing fresh ingredients, preparing nutritious meals and safely packing and labelling them ready for collection and distribution. City Harvest London meanwhile are covering distribution costs.
The service will continue for as long as possible and practical during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike Summers, chief executive of the Palace for Life Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the club has asked us to help deliver this initiative along with City Harvest to provide meals to heroic NHS staff working on the frontline and to the most vulnerable members of our communities. It is in keeping with the club’s mission to be a force for good in South London.”
City Harvest CEO, Laura Winningham said “It’s wonderful to see people coming together to help their communities. We couldn’t be happier to work with Crystal Palace FC and the Palace for Life Foundation to ensure more meals are made available to those in such great need. We have a wide outreach in South London, this partnership makes a huge impact.”
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