Elderly and vulnerable people across Cardiff have received over 10,000 “vital” meals during the Coronavirus outbreak thanks to a dedicated charitable initiative. Volunteers at Food For Life Wales have been delivering meals to at-risk and socially isolated people across the city since the lockdown was introduced in March.
During that time, 35 dedicated volunteers from the initiative, which promotes social inclusion and wellbeing, have delivered thousands of freshly made plant-based meals to over 300 people in the city every week. Hospitals across Cardiff, housing associations, GP surgeries, and home care providers, have also received deliveries from the project, run by Tŷ Krishna Cymru.
Project manager at Tŷ Krishna Cymru, Tarakanatha Das, said it was a privilege to be able to support those most in need at this challenging time. He said:
“The Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, has been particularly challenging for everyone, however for elderly, at-risk, and vulnerable people it has been especially worrying. ”
“Our dedicated volunteers have been working day and night to deliver over 10,000 meals to those who need them most during this difficult period. We have been blown away by their tireless dedication, and I cannot thank them enough for their selflessness at this unprecedented time.”
“As a charity which has supported those at-risk for over 20 years, we at Tŷ Krishna Cymru recognise that now, more than ever, vulnerable and isolated people need support to access essential food supplies. As such, we are determined to continue providing this vital service, to ensure we are there for those who need us most.”
The charity is now calling for donations and volunteering support to enable it to continue providing essential meals over the coming months. It has so far raised £2,000 of its £20,000 fundraising target for May, and is urging people to give “what they can”.
Mr Das added: “We recognise that many people may have been negatively financially impacted as a result of Coronavirus. However, if you are able to donate anything to help feed Wales’ most vulnerable people at this time, we would be incredibly grateful.”
To support Food For Life Wales visit its GoFundMe page at gf.me/u/xvhxqw
Food donations of rice, flour, lentils/dals/pulses, tinned tomatoes, fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit are all welcomed. To volunteer or donate food for the initiative please contact 07756 299 786 or email [email protected].