This morning there was a special (socially distanced!) gathering in Higginson Park to mark the delivery of the 75,000th meal from the Meals from Marlow initiative. The organising team, supporters and volunteers were there to witness the delivery, and also to hear the exciting news that the initiative will become permanent!!
Those attending heard from Tom Kerridge and fellow founders, Andy Agar and Chris Hughes, along with Reverend Dave Bull of All Saints Church and Mayor Richard Scott of Marlow Town Council . Everyone then headed off to deliver the 75,000th meal to local resident Joyce , who turned 90 during lockdown. The whole event was appropriately socially distanced, of course.
The Meals from Marlow initiative was set up to supply food to NHS staff, key workers, and those in need – but not one could have anticipated the scale of the response – over one thousand donors have shown their support, from individuals to local businesses and have so far donated an incredible £180,000.
Other food and drink businesses have provided large amounts of produce which has been used by Tom’s volunteer chef brigade.
Today’s event was originally planned as a celebration marking the termination of the scheme but following a meeting this week, the team agreed to make the scheme permanent!
Meals From Marlow will become a charity aiming to provide in excess of 30,000 meals a year to deserving folk and individuals with particular need.
Tom Kerridge said, “The people of Marlow are amazing. We are confident that we can make this scheme permanent, to continue feeding people in the town and showing the town’s generosity for other people in need”.
Richard Scott, Marlow’s Mayor also commented, “Tom and his team have galvanised the kindness and generosity of Marlow folk, this is a wonderful cause in a wonderful place.”
The response from Marlow and further afield to Meals From Marlow has been incredible, and it is fantastic to hear that the new charity will continue to help those in need , be they local or otherwise!
(click any photo to enter scrollable gallery, with captions)