A million meals delivered
Posted on 17 Jun 2020
Over a million free meals have been delivered to those in need during the Covid-19 crisis.
The equivalent of 1,104,120 meals have been provided to residents across North Ayrshire in a variety of ways.
Most of the meals have come via the Council’s weekly food parcels which are being provided, free of charge, to those in receipt of free school meals and/or school clothing grant, as well as to some of the most vulnerable residents in North Ayrshire.
Each parcel contains enough food to provide a family of four with lunches for five days. Over 53,432 of these essential food packs have been delivered across North Ayrshire.
The packs are made up of between 75-80% of fresh produce, most of which comes from local suppliers based in Ayrshire and wider Scotland.
In addition to the weekly packs, the Council’s Catering team has also been preparing and serving up meals for children attending the childcare hubs as their parents carry out essential work on the frontline. To date, around 6,200 tasty, hot meals have been dished out.
And a further 29,280 hot meals have been delivered to those in need through North Ayrshire Community Hubs and the team of passionate volunteers.
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “Delivering over a million meals is simply incredible and is only possible thanks to the great team spirit that we’ve got going on here in North Ayrshire.
“From local suppliers stepping up to the plate to ensure we have sufficient stock to the local businesses giving donations to help out and of course, the team of volunteers preparing and distributing food through community hubs - everyone’s efforts are invaluable.
“A special thanks also goes to our tremendous staff, without whom none of this would be possible. They have pulled together, often doing things vastly different from their day jobs, to help our communities.
“This crisis has shown what community spirit is all about and we are incredibly grateful to each and every single person that is chipping in to make North Ayrshire a place to be proud of.”
If you are in an emergency situation and are having trouble accessing food, medicine or supplies, please contact your local community hub. Contact details can be found online.