We’re over the moon to see how well things are going at The Avenues Youth Centre. We put them in touch with Lewis, a chef who wanted to volunteer during the crisis. Lewis is now heading up a kitchen team that’s cooking lunches from scratch. Together, they’re making and delivering great food to children who could go hungry. 

Fabian Sharp, their Chief Executive, said: “I was put in touch with Nicole, at Chefs in Schools, by another grass roots food project. I wasn’t sure I’d get a reply as it was just when the lockdown was announced, but I’m so happy she did get back to us! It meant we were able to get our service up and running in no time, and with a chef who is able to cope with the randomness of donated food while ensuring zero waste. The feedback from the families we have delivered to has been universally positive! 

“Working with Lewis we’re aiming to do around 100 meals a day, delivering them in batches of 10 so they stay hot. Some of the families we’re sending food to have limited means to buy food themselves, some parents are ill with Covid-19 and can’t cook for their children, there are some people who haven’t been able to get out because of anxiety. For all of them, having hot meals delivered means one less thing to worry about. We’re glad to be able to help them.”

The Avenues works with young people to help them overcome personal, social and educational disadvantages and to lead positive, creative and fulfilled lives. They’ve been supporting young people aged 8-18 for 40 years, never quite like this though.

If, like The Avenues, you have a professional kitchen and want to provide meals to the community, please get in touch and we’ll see if there’s a chef in your area who can help. Chefs who want to volunteer, please keep sending us your details.