The BaxterStorey team at Wessex Water have partnered with Bath-based charity Southside and Age UK, supplying over 7000 free meals to vulnerable families and elderly individuals, in need of extra support during the lockdown period.
The chef team oversaw menu writing, food ordering and cooking the nutritious meals including hearty dishes of cottage pie, mac and cheese, lamb curry and lasagne, whilst front of house and management teams organised the collections and deliveries.
Catering manager, Tony Earl said: “We had a full team here at Wessex Water, so we thought it would be a project we could all work on together. Not only were we providing over 600 meals for the community a week which was just incredible, but it meant we were able to keep our entire team in work during lockdown. It was a real team effort! A few of the families used to wait by the window for our delivery, it brought a tear to my eye.
“One boy took a real interest in the deliveries, so we asked him what his favourite food and the next day hand delivered him a homemade Hawaiian pizza in a takeaway box with ‘Wessex Pizza’ written on it. He was over the moon, I just wish I’d been there to see his face when it was delivered”.
Mother of three, Lesley Angell, 29, whose family had been receiving help said: “It’s been really difficult these last few weeks. With young children at home and my husband out delivering all day and a baby on the way next month, knowing that we’re getting a lovely meal means there’s just one less thing to worry about”.
Operational manager of Southside, Lucy Fordham said: “Many of the families we work with are dealing with multiple and complex problems even before the outbreak of this pandemic. Collaborating with BaxterStorey at Wessex Water has been a wholly positive experience and a brilliant use of resources that’s really made a difference to some of the families we support. Just making sure a family gets one nutritious meal a day can help these families provide a sense of safety and security in these heightened times of uncertainty”.
During the month of August, the team provided 425 hot meals to local homeless charity, Julian House. For every meal bought by Wessex Water employees during the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, a meal was donated to the charity.