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In photos: the amazing work of Bristol Food Union

By martin booth, Thursday May 28, 2020

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Bristol Food Union has ensured that Bristol stays fed during the crisis.

The collective of restaurants, food businesses and community organisations have come together to support Bristol City Council’s emergency food provision.

They support Caring in Bristol to feed 500 homeless citizens each day, provide meals for the vulnerable in the Chew Valley area, deliver weekly food provisions to 100 adults who have recently left the foster-care system, and cook hot meals for workers across the frontline including social care and emergency services.

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James Koch, the owner of the Gallimaufry and Suncraft on Gloucester Road, has been documenting Bristol Food Union’s work over the last two months.

Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack making focaccia at Coexist in Easton

Josh Eggleton (left) and Dominic Borel (right) – with a wine delivery to NHS management thanks to a donation

Dominic Borel at Pasta Loco

Magda and Kesha at Caring In Bristol. “The Caring In Bristol space normally sleeping many of Bristol’s homeless is empty due to coronavirus,” says James. “But the Cheers Drive production line is on – sending 359 lunches and dinners out to these people in need, now roomed in hostels and hotels, daily.”

Josie Irvine of Good Store Studio has been making masks for Bristol Food Union volunteers

Kylie from Bristol Ambulance Crew outside intensive care at the BRI with a Bristol Food Union meal

BRI intensive care unit colleagues Louise and Katie

Ikaro and Jesus cooking in Bravas

Heather from Gopal’s Curry Shack

Hal in Suncraft

Alan, a volunteer delivery driver

Robbie, another volunteer delivery driver

Sales of this limited edition print by Robert Del Naja, aka 3D, raised more than £100,000 for Bristol Food Union

Kate of Kate’s Kitchen delivering her meals to the Kensington Arms

Box-E co-owner Tess making provisions boxes for care leavers at Ashton Gate Stadium

Volunteers at Ashton Gate carrying care boxes to cars

Volunteer driver Lee with boxes for care leavers

Volunteer drivers Sarah and Bean planning their routes

Logistics expert Helen making sure all hospital departments and community group orders get delivered correctly and on time

Toby at the Pump House, where a one-stop provisions store has been set up downstairs

Mo Fisher volunteers for Bristol Food Union from home, working on graphics and social media

Sara Griffin from Bomboloni. “Sarah has baked brownies and blondies to go out to Bristol’s homeless today through Caring In Bristol’s Cheers Drive initiative,” says James. “She and her daughter were busy painting the restaurant when I arrived. Still smiling. What a year.”

Pump House chefs preparing food for Bristol Food Union

Mark Chapman coordinating output from all Bristol Food Union’s kitchens

All photos by James Koch

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