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Service delivering free meals to vulnerable residents brought to an end

Service delivering free meals to vulnerable residents brought to an end

Service delivering free meals to vulnerable residents brought to an end

A service which was launched to deliver free meals to vulnerable and isolated residents across North Lincolnshire during lockdown has now been brought to an end.

The scheme, simply known as ‘Provide Sunday Lunches to local residents to Scunthorpe’, has been entirely volunteer run and fuelled by donations from local restaurants and cafes.

These were mostly delivered to elderly people living alone.

Over 4000 meals have been delivered to vulnerable residents free of charge.

Due to overwhelming demand, a lottery was launched in order to select each weeks recipients.

Sadly, the service, organised by locals Bob Riach, Jo Bird and Andy Riach, has now come to an end.

Bob Riach said:

“We’ve had wonderful feedback, with people saying it made their parents’ day.

“People who live abroad have even been nominating elderly family members who live in North Lincolnshire to make sure they got a great cooked meal, free of charge.

“We’ve had 24 delivery drivers volunteer, meaning we could practically cover the whole region from Barrow to Belton.

“For people who haven’t been able to go out for weeks, the fact that the drivers would stand and have a chat with them as well also meant a lot.”

He added that as lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted, it seems the right time to bring the project to a close.

Upper Crust, Snack Attack, Griddle and Feast, and Gill’s Vintage Tea Room in Scunthorpe have all donated to the cause.

Mr Riach added:

“It felt like the right time to bring it to an end as lockdown is easing and people are able to look after their own family members.

“The restaurants are also reopening, meaning they have to focus on their main business.

“It’s been quite a challenge to manage, as it can often take up your entire weekend, but we’re happy to see how many people in the community it has helped.”

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