Furloughed Foodies extends services to support London’s homeless and vulnerable
Not content with helping just the NHS, the team will now be supporting homeless shelters and food banks
It may only have been operating for less than a month – but Furloughed Foodies, a voluntary organisation set up on 30 March, has already done a lot of good.
Initially created to help feed NHS frontline staff in London with healthy, homemade meals amidst the chaos caused by COVID-19, the group has now decided to diversify their efforts – extending their foodie services to homeless shelters and food banks in need of support.
How does it work? The hunger-busting team is staffed by a collection of volunteers – most of whom have no formal cooking experience or training – who have taken on the mammoth task of delivering healthy, tasty lunches and dinners to help fuel people through the crisis.
The meals, which cost a maximum of £1.50 per portion to make, are whipped up in home kitchens and delivered to a designated contact in each location. Each one is made with fresh ingredients – and is designed to be eaten quickly.
And even though the Foodies are branching out, their support of the NHS won’t be slowing up; they’ll continue to deliver an average of 2100 meals per week to 15 London hospitals while embarking on their new charitable endeavours.
The concept behind Furloughed Foodies was developed when Floris ten Nijenhuis’ plans to travel through South America were cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After lending his culinary skills to help out London hospitals solo, he called on furloughed marketing whiz Chloe Hall to help spread the message.
Both were determined to make the best of the situation and contribute positively to the battle against COVID-19. Following conversations with their doctor friends, it became clear to the pair that NHS staff were in real need of healthy, balanced, ‘normal’ food to help fuel them through their busy shifts – and so Furloughed Foodies was born.
Mr ten Nijenhuis said, “We started this initiative to try to make a difference. Helping both NHS teams and those in need across London with healthy home cooked food allows us to do this.
“We are lucky to have had a huge number of volunteers who have signed up, which has allowed us to modify our plans, listen to where our support is needed and take on more to feed more people.”
Miss Hall added, “The feedback we have received so far from NHS staff has been incredible, and what really gets us going on our group chat is the photos of smiling front line workers but we want to ensure no one goes hungry through this period if we can help it.
“So, we really want to call on the public for more donations so that we can support both our NHS heroes and our capitals more vulnerable until the end of this struggle!”
The project has already raised a whopping £10,000, but for it to continue offering its support across the capital over the coming months, the team hopes to raise a further £15,000.
To donate or volunteer, visit the Furloughed Foodies website.