The food hub ceased group-health-educational activities upon lockdown and deployed staff and volunteers to produce soups and meals to support individuals and families facing greater disadvantage due to Covid.
Upgrading their kitchen allowed them to cook and distribute more than 700 meals weekly. Meals are distributed by the food hub and 13 partners; all ideally placed to identify the most vulnerable within their locality. Recipients include people in shielding and isolation, those experiencing poverty, debt issues or physical or mental illness.
To date 13,000 soups and meals have been delivered and serve as a nutritious stop gap whilst alleviating financial stress. Gardeners cultivated redundant sites yielding 114 kg of vegetables for community use. Eager to maintain some engagement and educational activities, they distributed seeds, plants and instructions to people across Ayrshire.