Urban Bistro Vending Solutions – part of the Wrights Food Group – have been supporting the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Urban Bistro combines the extensive Wrights range with vending machines to kit out workplaces and canteens with fresh food, drinks and treats 24/7.
In light of the current health crisis, Urban Bistro have been assisting Carol Shanahan and her team at The Hubb Foundation with a weekly supply of freshly made food to help put a smile on the faces of people in need in and around Stoke-on-Trent.
Collection bins are set up outside the club entrance at Vale Park and local businesses have been lending a hand too – including Wrights’ Urban Bistro division.
Ian Dawson – sales and development manager for Urban Bistro – said: “It all started with hospitals. We sent over some cakes to say thank you to the staff.
“We’ve also always supplied The Macari Centre.”
Ian told StokeonTrentLive how it was an email from Port Vale owner Carol Shanahan that got Wrights involved in the Port Vale food parcel scheme.
Ian said: “We know that there are thousands of families struggling across the city at the moment. Carol sent an email asking if we could help so we spoke to Peter Wright and got started.
“We began last week and we are sending over about 400 pies a week, depending on production. Like other businesses we have people furloughed at the moment.
“If were were at full capacity, under normal circumstances, we could probably produce over 1,000 a week. We’re hoping to ramp up our production when things start to get back to normal.”
Ian and the Urban Bistro team know that many families will continue to struggle when the current pandemic has passed, and they are keen to continue to help however they can – even when things seemingly go back to ‘normal’.
Ian said: “This is something that we will continue to do for as long as we need to.
“There are a lot of people struggling across Stoke-on-Trent and we want to give back.”
The full Wrights range has been sent over to Carol and the team, including favorites such as the classic meat and potato pie.
Ian added: “We don’t realise how many underprivileged families there are in the city – we want to help the community as much as we can.
“And a lot of the people that are benefiting from the food parcels may have been customers of ours before.
“We are giving a bit back to them and helping them when they may be struggling under the current circumstances.”
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