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Coronavirus: Café turned into community kitchen to deliver meals

Posted onPosted on 30th Mar

Meals are being offered on a door-to-door delivery basis by a community kitchen, with the support of Newark and Sherwood District Council as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carriages, located at Newark Castle station, already offers three-course meals to residents and to assist their efforts, two members of council staff are working alongside them every Wednesday.

It normally runs full-time as a sit-in café, but has had to temporarily close that part of its operation due to Government restrictions put in place because of the virus outbreak.

Residents of Newark and Sherwood can order their meal by calling 01636 676129. It is then delivered to their door safely, adhering to social distancing guidelines. Meals are offered for £2.50 or free to those in need.

There is also a pay it forward option available, so anyone can call the telephone number and donate money to help purchase a meal for someone in need. Meals can be delivered to Newark and surrounding villages but require reheating on arrival until piping hot.

Last week’s offer included a lamb stew followed by peaches and cream. If demand for the service continues to increase the community kitchen will look to open on additional days.

The two members of council staff helping have been redeployed from other council service areas and have catering skills and are able to deliver meals to local residents.

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the district council is redeploying staff from non-critical or closed council services, such as the Palace Theatre, to help deliver essential critical services, including providing food, medicines and support to isolated individuals.

Council deputy leader Keith Girling said: “At this unprecedented time there are many Newark and Sherwood residents that need help and support. Providing food to residents is one service the Council is organising.

“If anyone feels they need any support then they should get in touch with Nottinghamshire County Council immediately by calling their helpline on 0300 500 8080.

“If anyone would like to order a meal for next Wednesday, please get in touch with Carriages on 01636 676129. We are extremely grateful to Carriages for their ongoing support and for adapting their Community Café to continue supporting their existing and new customers.”

Sue Stott, a council employee supporting this new partnership, said: “At times like this we are pleased to be able to support this work and help those in the community who are in need.”

If you would like to book a meal for next Wednesday which will be delivered to your door between 3pm and 5pm, or you would like to pay for a meal for someone else in need, please call Carriages on 01636 676129.