Our response to COVID-19 pandemic: how we helped our local community
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We decided to focus all of our efforts on helping the local community. We all know how difficult the past 12 months have been for everyone but some families in Liverpool were hit especially hard. We worked with various different initiatives to begin with, notably The Hungry Must Be Fed project and the L6 Community association with Lord Mayor Anna Rothery. This eventually led to us finding our long term charity partner.
“We’ve been working alongside their dedicated team of volunteers to deliver hundreds of prepared meals and supplies across the region to those who need them. Their seven-day meal plan consists of a soup for lunch and a main meal for the evening, and it’s all of a really high standard to ensure that recipients are getting a nutritious, well-balanced meal for each day of the week. It’s great that they’re able to support on a large-scale, ensuring that essential businesses, healthcare and housing organisations can continue to operate effectively and keep both their staff and patients fed.”
– Anna Rothery, Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
At Relish we have had the privilege of building a collaborative partnership with Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club who deliver a range of programmes to promote health, education, social inclusion and equality of opportunity to over 30,000 participants every year across Merseyside and North Wales. Just in case you were unaware, they are amazing!
By the time Autumn had arrived we had already donated over 8,000 meals to the local community; but we still wanted to do more. 2,200 half term lunches donated to local children in October, but that still wasn’t enough so the decision was made to take it a step further by donating a further 500 meals a week, equating to a total of 11,000 meals with a total monetary value of £50,000. Our healthy, locally sourced, chef prepared meals were delivered to those most in-need in Walton, Anfield, Everton and Kirkdale, as well as local community groups including Walton Youth Project, Positive Futures, Joseph Lappin Centre, Opening Doors Project and Rotunda and Kirkdale Boxing Club to name a few.
We couldn’t have done all of this without the hard work of our amazing team and the help of Everton in the Community Neighbourhood Manager Sarah Atherton. Sarah has been instrumental in this project throughout lockdown and we can’t thank her enough for the work she and her team have been doing for the local community and assisting us whenever we need it.
“This donation has made a significant difference in feeding our local young people aged 5-19 during October half-term. All beneficiaries attend wider EitC projects and come from some of the most-in-need families within the Blue Mile. Everyone has been delighted with the meals they have received and this has alleviated a large amount of financial pressure on their families. We are so very grateful to the team at Relish for their continued support.”.
– Sarah Atherton, Everton in the Community Neighbourhood Manager
The relationship between Relish and Everton stretches beyond the Blue Family initiative. We are the official caterer to Everton Women’s team and the exclusive caterer for The Royal Liver Building, the home of Everton’s headquarters. We are very proud to be associated with such a prestigious institution within Liverpool (even if Chris is a Red).