En Route International has partnered with a number of charities and organisations to support frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable people across communities in the UK.
The company has teamed up with caterers Thomas Franks and Fooditude, as well Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to offer meals and produce to local communities and NHS staff in a number of hospitals.
More than 30 palettes of cheese, bread and other snacks have been donated to the organisations to enable them to support those who need it most during the current COVID-19 lockdown in the UK.
En Route’s donation to Thomas Franks will be distributed via SOFEA, a national organisation which fights hunger and tackles food waste. The caterer will distribute them to children’s charities and food banks for homeless shelters such as Oxhop and Matilda House in Oxford.
The Fooditude donation will be delivered through FoodCycle, which brings together volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchens across the UK; and Bermondsey EST which is making 2,000 meals a day for self-isolating people across Southwark.
En Route has also delivered snacks and treats that will be offered to frontline NHS staff across 15 locations which sit within the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, all based in Hampshire.
Hamish Cook, executive director, En Route, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for so many communities as well as frontline healthcare services across the country. We are pleased to be able to support in this way and hope that our collective efforts can alleviate some of the pressures some people are facing during this period. We have an extensive charitable programme already in place, but understand the role that all food businesses can play in offering support to those struggling with the challenges this pandemic has created.”