Harrow Mencap and the Breaking Bread Trust team up to feed people in need

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April 27, 2021

Harrow Mencap are proud to have teamed up with the Breaking Bread Trust to deliver free hot meals and food parcels to at risk, vulnerable and isolated people in the community during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Breaking Bread Trust was originally founded to provide food bank and soup kitchen support as well as access to other services for people in need.

However, as the coronavirus lockdown began, the trust adapted by partnering with charities and local restaurants including Taste of Lahore and Desi Dabha to supply hot nutritious food directly to the community.

A vegetable biryani meal ready to be delivered

At Harrow Mencap we are pleased to have worked with the trust as a part of this initiative, and our staff and volunteers actively brought food to clients, carers and others in the community who needed them. The project was particularly helpful for many of our clients who have high needs or underlying conditions that put them in the “at risk” category.

Around 17 of our staff and volunteers worked together to deliver 50 meals 3 times a week along with food parcels on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. In around 6 weeks our team brought over 900 meals directly to people’s homes.

Harrow Mencap staff and volunteers organised and carried out meal deliveries

“We at The Breaking Bread Trust are proud to be able to support Harrow Mencap in the vital work that they do looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
Nadeem Hussain, a Trustee at the Breaking Bread Trust was impressed with our contribution to the scheme. He said

Staff at Taste of Lahore preparing a variety of food

“It has been a great pleasure for Taste of Lahore, to partner with the Breaking Bread Trust and Harrow Mencap during this difficult time of uncertainty. We have been truly honoured to provide free meals, we felt that donating food would be the best way to support the community in this time of need. We felt that giving back to the community gave us a sense of purpose and the feeling of giving back and making vital contributions to society is unparalleled for us. We hope to continue giving back, in the future and make generous contributions where it is possible for us to do so.

We would like to also say a special thanks to the NHS for their heroic efforts in dealing with the biggest challenge the NHS has ever faced. We have great confidence in the NHS and its staff.”
Talha Junaid, HR Director at Taste of Lahore

Sejal and a friend bringing meals to Harrow Mencap staff for delivery

We also worked together with local volunteer Sejal Halai who cooked hundreds of meals by herself, to continue feeding more people.

In total we delivered an incredible

1500
MEALS
100
food parcels

Lastly, we were delighted to see that this project even received coverage on BBC Radio London’s Make a Difference segment on the Drivetime show with Eddie Nestor.

You can listen to the segment on YouTube by clicking the link below:

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