Feeding the 5000 in under three weeks!

Published: April 8, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, The Long Table, supported by the Diocese of Gloucester, have developed a project to feed people in need. The Long Table are making delicious, healthy, home cooked food and delivering it to doorsteps around the county.

After launching in Stroud, The Long Table has partnered with community kitchens across the county, including The Sober Parrot in Cheltenham, The Clean Plate and Roots Cafe in Gloucester. Together they’ve delivered over 5000 meals in just three weeks.

This service is available for anyone self isolating. For just £25 you can get seven healthy and delicious meals, delivered pre-frozen in recyclable and microwavable containers. Each meal bought helps to finance free meals for those in most need – for people who are vulnerable and struggling to afford food.

The Long Table are also working with food banks to reduce the strain on the system, by supplying customers with free regular deliveries of pre-cooked meals and have just installed ready stocked freezers for NHS staff in Gloucester and Cheltenham hospitals.

The Long Table joined forces with the Diocese of Gloucester to create the Feeding the 5000 project in response to the coronavirus crisis. They reacted quickly to the pandemic, switching from their community based kitchen to embracing a delivery model instead.

The response has been huge. As a result of this, The Long Table are continuing to grow their network of community kitchens, and expand their delivery areas. This is with a view to setting up a permanent network of Long Table kitchens across Gloucestershire, that can continue to thrive even when the pandemic is a distant memory.

The Long Table’s co-founder Tom Herbert said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity in helping us to feed our community. The fact that we have provided over 5,000 meals already is mind boggling and we’re only just getting started. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped make it possible, especially the hero kitchens that have come on board”

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek said, “I have been amazed at how much has been achieved in such a short space of time. Working alongside The Long Table we are committed to continuing to provide healthy, delicious food to those who need it across the county, during this crisis. My immense thanks go to everyone at the Long Table, all our partner kitchens and worshipping communities who have come together to make this happen.”

If you would like to support this project we are hugely grateful of all donations. Please do visit our online donation page to give what you can.

To Order meals please contact:

Stroud District – Call: 01453 367499 / Email:

Cheltenham – Call: 01242 323693 / Email:

Gloucester – Call: 01452 234831 / Email:

Forest of Dean – Call: 01594 715785 / Email:

Tewkesbury – Call: 01684 252959 / Email:

Cotswolds – Call: 01285 323851 / Email:

 

 

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