Homeless people in Norwich are tucking into dishes such as macaroni cheese and pulled pork thanks to the generosity of Norwich School, who are providing more than 100 hot meals per day to people supported by St Martins.
With the lockdown restrictions in force, we are encouraging the people we support to stay at home except for essential reasons. The daily delivery of meals has been well-received.
The catering team at the school, along with volunteers from the 8th Norwich Sea Scouts are preparing and delivering the meals to the charity’s residential locations in the city. Leaving the school just after 11 am, the meals arrive hot, ready to be enjoyed at lunch time.
The school put on similar provision over Christmas time, with some of the pupils from Hong Kong and China helping to dish up the meals as they could not travel home to their families over the holiday.
Outreach and Admissions Officer at Norwich School, Suzannah Holford said, “Sharing a common desire to help the most vulnerable in our city during this time of increased uncertainty, we are delighted to be working with St Martins to give their users a daily nutritious hot meal. We hope that this small gesture helps Norwich’s homeless to feel remembered by their community. Our thanks also go to the Chartwell’s Catering Team who were eager to offer meals and staffing and to put the kitchens to use whilst the school is closed to most pupils”
St Martins CEO Dr Jan Sheldon said, “The meals provided by Norwich School have gone down very well with the people we support. Lockdown is a difficult time for everybody, not least for people who are experiencing homelessness and other difficulties in their lives. The simple gesture of a home-cooked meal makes a huge difference to the wellbeing of the people living in our services.”