City Harvest collected the 5,000th meal from The All England Lawn Tennis Club today, on what should have been the first day of The Championships, Wimbledon. The AELTC has been a City Harvest partner for several years - with both organisations committed to working together to repurpose surplus food both year-round and during The Championships - – however this year is a little different.
At the end of May, the AELTC opened the Wingfield Kitchen on-site to prepare meals for City Harvest to deliver to those most in need in the local community. This project will run for an initial three-month period, producing 200 freshly cooked nutritious meals a day, 1,000 meals a week for those who cannot access or afford food.
Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive said,
“Since the cancellation of The Championships, we have worked hard to make a difference to those in our local community and beyond as the long period of recovery from the coronavirus begins.
Many groups across our communities are without access to proper food, and so, with no Championships to cook for, we have repurposed our Wingfield kitchen to provide 200 hot meals per day, which are being distributed across Merton and Wandsworth.
We would like to pay tribute to the invaluable efforts of both Food & Drink at Wimbledon, our year-round catering partner, and City Harvest, our distribution partner, as we work with them to play a small part in helping our community through this time of crisis.”
City Harvest has rescued over 11 millions meals since launching in 2014, and over 2 million since lockdown alone.
If you would like to help us raise funds to keep our vans rolling - head over to our shop and grab your very own City Harvest Rocks T shirt. Every T sold helps us provide 80 meals to those who would otherwise no eat.
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