Carol Shanahan is delighted Port Vale is working with JCB to help the community in North Staffordshire.
JCB’s catering team are preparing more than 37,000 meals a week to be distributed around towns and villages near its factories in the UK and India.
The initiative is the idea of Lady Bamford, wife of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford.
That includes linking up with the Hubb Foundation, of which Carol is founder and a trustee, to have meals delivered from Vale Park.
Last Thursday, 2,000 cottage pies were delivered to the Vale for the project.
Vale’s owners are happy to be able to offer their own expertise, having formed a community hub at Vale Park delivering hundreds of food and care packages during the coronavirus crisis.
That has involved sharing the knowledge and resources of Port Vale, its community scheme the Foundation Trust, the Hubb Foundation charity and the Synectics Solutions business also owned by Carol and Kevin Shanahan.
Carol said working with JCB makes sense. She added: “They contacted me and said they want to make this food, can we help them distribute it? We said absolutely. So they brought the first batch of cottage pies. This was a germ of an idea on Monday morning and there was the delivery of the first batch of food on Thursday.
“They just moved everything to get this to work. Their chef is in communication with our chef. So, for example, we were donated a lot of carrots, too many for us to give away or cook into meals ourselves. So we took the excess we had to them.
“The kitchens are working together so between them they can produce good meals and share their resources. We have been able to share our experience of doing this for the past three years with them, which enabled them to get going so quickly.
“That is a partnership I am so pleased to get started. I am sure that relationship will last beyond this crisis.”