Homelessness charity, Emmaus Village Carlton, has launched a new service, aiming to help raise vital funds while its Home Store and Bistro are closed during lockdown.
Their new Ready Meals takeaway service offers a selection of popular Bistro meals for reheating at home, for collection or delivery in the local area – perfect for frontline workers, homeschoolers and those working from home to take a break from cooking while supporting a local charity.
The charity estimates it will have lost around £250,000 of trading income due to the pandemic.
Based near Carlton, Emmaus Village provides a home, meaningful work, daily support and funded training for 42 people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion.
Some stay for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they feel ready to move on to independent living; others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to.
Those being supported by the charity are a key part of the Ready Meals service team, working alongside staff to prepare the meals.
Tony has been living at Emmaus Village Carlton since 2018. He said: “Emmaus has supported me to attend college and gain my Level 2 Professional Diploma in Catering.
“It feels good to be contributing to our income with these Ready Meals during these times of uncertainty.”
Chloe Goodship, Emmaus Village Carlton’s Catering Manager, said: “In this cold weather, our Ready Meals menu includes warming options such as lasagne, cottage pie and chicken casserole, with vegetarian choices also available.
“We hope it will offer those working from home, home-schooling or working on the front line, a tasty meal with a welcome break from having to cook from scratch. Plus they can feel good in the knowledge that they’ve helped their local homelessness charity in a time of crisis.”
The Ready Meals menu and full details of how to place orders for collection or delivery can be found at emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton/ready-meals