As our café and kitchens at our enterprise centre in South Manchester needed to close due to the national lockdown, we took this opportunity to reach out to the local community. Using our facilities, we have cooked, prepared and delivered food parcels and hot meals to families across the local area throughout lockdown.
Initially, we approached the local high schools offering to supply hot meals to all the families on their free school meals programme. We have since partnered with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group to deliver meals for vulnerable elderly men and women. We’ve also partnered with Barnabus to provide meals for the homeless community.
Since lockdown began, we’ve prepared and delivered 5000 fresh meals to vulnerable homes in and around Wythenshawe using donated produce. This has been made possible by 20 volunteer drivers and a team of volunteer chefs.
Each volunteer has been asked to adopt 6-10 households that they deliver to each week with the hope that relationships can be built and to begin conversations about faith. Every meal has a different encouraging Bible verse on the boxes and an option for people to request a Bible. It’s been so encouraging to see some of the families ask for prayer and ask for a Bible.
We received this text from one of the families we have been supporting:
‘It’s been really good. Thank you for the food that has been dropped off on a Thursday. We have really enjoyed the quotes on the meals. They have really related to me every week and it’s like God has heard me and given me the inspiration that he is here and listening to me. Thank you so much.’
We’ll be continuing this service throughout the summer holidays and then we’ll be launching a food club in order to continue this support.
Between 9-15 August a team of volunteers will be heading to Wythenshawe for a week of social action projects. Find out more by heading to lovewythenshawe.org