Well done to all the amazing Hot Food Project volunteers who came together over Christmas to help families in need put food on the table.
Exeter Hot Food Project was set up in response to the coronavirus crisis and has been supporting families in Exeter since May 2020, through the summer holidays, October half term and now at Christmas.
For four days across the holiday fortnight, kitchens here at the Beacon Centre, Belmont Church and South Street Baptist Church were up and running in a Covid careful manner.
A total of 40 volunteers cooked and delivered 576 hot meals to 39 families across Exeter, and they were also given a big bag of seasonal goodies for the Christmas weekend.
One of the organisers of the Hot Food Project, Ross Maynard, community minister at South Street Baptist Church, said: “The Hot Food Project is about giving and so is Christmas. We shouldn’t need projects like this, but we do. The response on the doorstep from families has been heartwarming, and our volunteers and supporters have been marvellous.”
As well as the generosity of the organisations providing the kitchen facilities, the project has been supported by Exeter Food Bank, Exeter Food Action as well as many private donations and Lottery Funding via Exeter Lions, Stoke Hill Community Association, St Katherine’s Priory, the local community builders and support from both City and County Councils.
This Christmas, the Hot Food Project, has also had support from supermarket Morrison’s who provided donations, discounts and free transport for all the produce and ingredients needed for the project.
Michael Callaway, community champion at Morrison’s Exeter said: “The relationship with our local community matters to Morrison’s. “We have been working with local organisations for a while now including the Hot Food Project, which is doing great work with families in need. We’ve been glad to help.”