Bringing Meals from Marlow to areas most in need in Berkshire

Berkshire Community Foundation are proud to be supporting celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s Meals from Marlow initiative to deliver free hot meals for key workers and those most in need across Berkshire.

Set up by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge and a group of entrepreneurs in Marlow in April 2020, Meals from Marlow is a free food delivery initiative that provides more than 30,000 meals a year to NHS staff, key workers and people in need. Meals are cooked by a team of volunteer chefs, with produce that has been donated by food and drink businesses, or purchased through money donated by more than 1,000 donors, from individuals to local businesses.

The project is being formalised as a permanent charity to support people in the Berkshire region. It currently sends out around 800 meals a week. Beginning this June, a quarter (200) of these meals will be distributed by Berkshire Community Foundation to vulnerable people or people living with disadvantage, in areas that have been hard hit by the pandemic and its economic repercussions.

To ensure these meals reach those most in need, the Foundation is working closely with trusted local partners including: OneSlough, the partnership between Slough Borough Council  and Slough CVS to provide a coordinated borough-wide response to the Coronavirus crisis; Marlow-based charity The Link Foundation which helps families in extreme hardship, and Bracknell-based Pilgrim Hearts Trust, which helps homeless and vulnerable adults.

Anita Herbert, Community Impact Manager at Berkshire Community Foundation, said: “Meals from Marlow is a truly heart-warming initiative, with a passionate team of chefs backed by a caring community to provide healthy, nutritious food to those who have gone without. This simple act of caring nourishes not only the body but also the soul, and we are proud to contribute our local expertise to help Meals from Marlow reach the people who most need these meals.”