Over 5,000 hot meals have been provided to Newcastle’s most vulnerable residents through Tyne Housing and Ouseburn Farm’s #PlatesForPeople initiative.
Launched on the 24 March in response to the UK wide lockdown, the initiative was established to provide hot, nutritious meals to those who need it most. Starting with residents at Tyne Housing’s emergency accommodation provision Byker Bridge House, and then growing to include vulnerable families with no recourse to public funds from across the city. The initiative has now provided over 5,000 meals in total.
Coordinated by local charity, Ouseburn Farm, the food is prepared using fresh produce from the farm itself as well as contributions from Fareshare and The People’s Kitchen. Preparation of the meals is supported by a cohort of top chefs and experienced kitchen staff from local establishments, who are volunteering their time whilst their places of work have had to close.
The initiative, initially funded by homelessness charities Crisis and Street Zero until the end of June, is currently looking for further funding and partnership opportunities to help sustain it longer-term.
Angela Agnew-Hall, Homeless Services Manager at Tyne Housing said, “I can’t explain enough what a difference the plates for people project has made in helping to keep our residents safe, healthy and well during the Coronavirus crisis. With so many other food charities having to close during lockdown or restrict their services, this initiative has been a real lifeline for those most vulnerable.”
“For those residents who are receiving the meals, it means they’re able to safely isolate without the need to travel and attend busy food-banks or supermarkets. This is so important as many of those we support have underlying health conditions and additional needs. A huge thank you to the team at Ouseburn Farm and all the volunteers who’ve helped with the initiative to date, we really hope we can keep this going well into the future.”
If you think you or your organisation can help, please get in touch with Hugh Stolliday, Business Manager at Ouseburn Farm via email@example.com.