A kitchen set up in the head office of Westminster City Council is producing 900 meals a day for homeless people being looked after by the authority.
Two meals a day are being produced for 450 residents – either rough sleepers now in hotel rooms, or those with specific issues like mental illness in hostel places.
The meals are made on the 19th floor kitchen and then taken to residents by volunteers based at City Hall. The company behind the mammoth catering effort is Unity Works, an organisation supporting people with learning disabilities.
They are being supported by Chelsea Football Club’s first team, which has made a generous donation to Westminster City Council to contribute to the cost and distribution of the 900 meals.
McDonalds has also offered its fresh food from all its Westminster outlets, including lettuce, tomatoes and milk, to use in the nutritional food parcels.
Cllr Rachael Robathan today saw the Unity staff and volunteers at work and helped to pack some food parcels.
Cllr Robathan said: “The volunteers and employees helping at Unity Kitchen are just one example of the fantastic groundswell of support we have had from local people in Westminster.
“They are working flat out every day to get meals to more than 400 people who otherwise might struggle. The Unity Kitchen is running from breakfast to dinner and I was grateful to have the opportunity to thank everyone involved.”
“These are incredibly tough times for everyone, but residents in Westminster should know they are not alone, and we are there to support them.”
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