The Crown pub in Stoke-by-Nayland produces more than 1,000 free meals for hospice and care home workers
A gastro pub has turned its time under lockdown into a positive, by producing and delivering thousands of free meals to keep key workers from going hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.
The team at The Crown in Stoke-by-Nayland is currently preparing more than 1,000 meals each week, with 20 kitchen, bar and hotel staff volunteering their time on a rotational basis while the business is temporarily closed due to the public lockdown.
Running since April 29, the scheme sees the meals cooked, packaged and labelled at the pub in Park Street, before being delivered to six hospices and care facilities in Suffolk and Essex, including Nayland House Care Home, as well as Hadleigh Foodbank.
The team’s efforts are part of The Giving Tree, a not-for-profit initiative launched by The Crown’s parent company Chestnut, which owns 11 pubs, including The Black Lion in Long Melford.
Chestnut ultimately aims to raise more than £50,000, which will fund the preparation of 20,000 free meals across its locations for the benefit of critical workers in the East of England.
Nicole Barrett, general manager at The Crown, said: “Being able to actively give back to our community has given us all a tremendous boost during this difficult time.
“I’ve personally contacted local care providers and it’s clear their staff desperately need a decent meal while working a busy shift.
“They work long hours and can’t get out to buy food because of lockdown.
“What they are dealing with is hard, so we’re doing what we can to give them a lift when they need it most. We’ve received some lovely feedback.”
“Every donation of £25 means 10 free meals can be delivered to care workers, so we’d ask our loyal customers and suppliers to please support us where they can.”
If you would like to donate towards the free meal scheme, go online to www.chestnutgroup.co.uk/giving-tree.