Chefs of private residential care group, Sanders Senior Living, have begun to produce an extra 200 hot meals every week; in an effort to help the vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.

The recently established and expanding care home group, Sanders Senior Living derived from the successful Runwood Homes organisation. It consists of two services; Claridge Place in Solihull and Graysford Hall in Leicester, both have committed to an initiative to help feed the vulnerable.

Claridge Place care home Head Chef, Dan King, with the home’s Bistro Supervisor, Carmel

The SSL teams, who care for older people, wanted to do their bit during the lockdown period. When so many people have been affected by changes in regular services and accessibility to basic requirements.  To set up their voluntary food support initiative, each home has reached out to local charities, volunteer organisations and their local council. This is to work together and form a recipient list for their meals on wheels service; which began, on Tuesday 14 April.

The chefs and their catering teams each aim to provide a healthy, freshly prepared meal to 20 different people each day throughout these restrictive times. This is to help ease the pressure of having access to nutritious food as well as having to go out. This will also help encourage people to stay at home, as guided by the government. 

Head Chef of Graysford Hall in Leicester, Robert Barker

Delivered from door to door by volunteers from the homes’ local areas, those receiving meals can look forward to: shepherd’s pie, chicken in mushroom sauce and beef stew. These are all served with a range of suitable sides including vegetables. Recipients so far include those in sheltered housing, isolated elderly people and deprived families.

Commenting on the initiative, Pradeep Patel, Graysford Hall’s Home Manager, said, “A huge part of our role as a care home in Leicester is to engage with the local community. In light of the current lockdown situation, we felt strongly motivated to get involved and to do our part, with help from by our talented Head Chef, Robert Barker. We’re delighted that The Lord Mayor of Leicester assisted in identifying and delivering the first round of meals and we feel privileged to be able to care for our community as well as our residents.”

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