A UK B2B food-delivery marketplace has announced it is working with the NHS to feed at-risk groups and frontline workers during the Covid-19 crisis.
As the novel coronavirus continues to upend ordinary life, essential key workers and disadvantaged communities alike find themselves needing more support than ever before.
In response, City Pantry has launched #FeedYourCommunity. Partnered with City Harvest, the Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust, and various shelters and care homes throughout London, the initiative has delivered over 1500 meals to struggling individuals and tireless NHS workers within its first three weeks alone.
City Pantry has worked closely with City Harvest, a sustainable and nutritious London-based food re-distributor to help divert last-minute order cancellations to the charity which serves areas of society that are food insecure during the crisis.
City Pantry has ramped up its efforts by supporting restaurant partners asking their customers to donate meals through their website and facilitating restaurants in donating leftover food stock as regular orders slow down.
In addition to making sure at-risk communities have access to food during this time, City Pantry has launched its partnership with the NHS to deliver meals to NHS staff at 11 London hospitals eligible for food donations.
To send a meal to hospital staff, customers can choose from specific food bundles from City Pantry restaurants and catering partners including ByChloe, The Lebanese Bakery, Dominique Ansel Bakery, Café Route, The Athenian and Bad Brownie. City Pantry works closely with designated NHS hospitals and restaurant partners to ensure each meal is appropriate for delivery.
“During these difficult times and social distancing, it is so important that we can support those most vulnerable and those working tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. The least that we can do is provide them with the food they need to keep going,” noted Ben Carter, Managing Director of City Pantry.
“It is so great to see our restaurant partners and our people galvanise together to help with the national effort and help defeat this awful disease.”
City Pantry was started in 2014, to do food at work the right way. Connecting offices and corporate customers to restaurants and caterers across the UK, the company aims to transform the way people do food at work.
City Pantry feeds more than 120,000 people at over 1000 companies every month. Operating in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Reading.