A Stoke-on-Trent pub has donated leftover food to community support groups as lockdown forced the closure of the hospitality industry for a second time.
Brindley Farm, in Festival Park, gave away fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and fresh, full carvery dinners to local charities and organisations to distribute to people in need across the city during the pandemic.
The pub – part of the Farmhouse Inns dining & carvery brand – closed on November 5 for the four-week lockdown.
Community support group Better Together was one of the groups who received some of the items donated to their foodbank service, to be handed out to people in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle.
The donations to the organisation provided meals for 45 households in the area.
Birgit Allport, founder of Better Together, said: “The Better Together Community team would like to thank Brindley Farm for their generous gift of perishable food and this donation was able to provide meals to 45 households.
“These selfless acts can help so many people and it is wonderful to be able to join forces with local business and agencies during this difficult time.
“A small team of helpers can do an incredible job whereas an army of helpers can do so much more – Covid-19 is scary, but you are not alone.”
Charlotte Kennedy, joint general manager of Brindley Farm alongside husband Andrew, added: “Although Brindley Farm is quite well-known and popular locally, Andrew and I are quite new to the area and to the pub.
“Food waste is something that we’re really passionate about and when we knew we’d have to close the pub for a while we reached out to our locals to ask them where we should donate our perishable food locally.
“We connected with Better Together and we were only too happy to help them and the fantastic work that they do for the local community.
“We were blown away by the enthusiasm of Birgit and her team and have now agreed a long-term partnership where we donate any leftover food from our fresh carvery deck three times a week, giving hot meals to people in need in the local community.
“Despite what has been a challenging few months, it’s great to be in a position to be able to do some good and not only do we personally feel more connected to the local community, it’s now opened up the chance to do ongoing work with Better Together which we’re looking forward to starting when we’re able to reopen Brindley Farm.”