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Restaurants providing ‘meals on wheels’ services

Published: 17th March 2020


Restaurants have now ‘stepped up’ to aid those in need of help by offering a ‘meals on wheels’ service to those who are self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Some Yorkshire restaurants, in IIkery and Otley, are switching to delivery services of pre-made meals to cook at home. Accepting phone orders, the food is delivered straight to the door to minimise contact.

Jonathan Ratcliffe from Offices.co.uk, said: “This type of home cooked food with delivery will be an important moral boost for those aged over 70 should they be asked to self-isolate in the near future, and shows great positivity to those in hardship”

The national office space provider Offices.co.uk requested all restaurants surrounding its buildings get in touch, to provide takeaway food for those trying to minimise contact outside of their workplace, and provide ‘cash flow’ for struggling food outlets.

Ratcliffe added: “Now that lots of people are working from home and staying at home, local restaurants are providing deliver-to-home meals as well. They are facing this crisis head on! They are very entrepreneurial – this isn’t Deliveroo, it’s real restaurants run by local people making deliveries themselves”

Local chef Chris Monkman from Ilkley, has created a menu of ready meals including Mossaka, Whitby fish pie and chilli, that are ‘freshly’ prepared and can then be cooked or frozen.

The Otley Burger Company is also offering food delivery, which accepts over the phone payment and wireless payment at the door.

Organisations such as Feeding Britain have also called for free school meals to continue with the threat of potential school closures, to aid low-income families who rely on free school meals.

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