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Bristol food and drink businesses collaborate in times of crisis

By martin booth, Sunday Mar 29, 2020

Chefs from restaurants in Bristol that have closed due to the coronavirus crisis are working together to cook in six kitchens in order to feed homeless people and vulnerable adults.

The team, currently made up from businesses including the Pony & Trap, Poco, the Gallimaufry and Box-E, are currently figuring out how to provide a daily hot meal to NHS staff at Southmead Hospital.

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They have come together under the banner of Bristol Food Union, an informal collective of restaurants, food businesses and community organisations who want to ensure that Bristol stays fed.

Organisers Aine Morris of Food Union Media, Josh Eggleton of the Pony & Trap group and Steph Wetherell of Bristol Food Producers are already supporting Bristol City Council’s emergency food provision.

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“Whilst the government package of business relief has offered some support, the economic impact on many food businesses is going to take much longer to recover from,” a Bristol Food Union statement said.

“We are working tirelessly to adapt our food systems in the face of unprecedented challenges, to make sure that we continue to bring food in from the fields, deliver meals safely to your doors and keep our nation well-fed.

“Helping our food community to survive this crisis is essential and immediate work. Many are not going to survive. Our nation’s food security matters more now than ever before. We cannot afford to lose them.”

Bristol Food Union are raising £10,000 to help feed frontline workers in Bristol. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/feed-the-frontline

Photo: Bristol Food Union

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