Goodwood Event Catering and its partner Levy UK, the UK’s leading sports and events caterer, have donated over 500 food hampers to City Harvest, London’s first food redistribution charity, which rescues food for the hungry.
Reacting to the event changes
The hampers were destined for the weekend’s racing event as part of Levy and Goodwood’s joint venture, but following the government’s changes to lockdown guidance on Friday the event took place behind closed doors instead of with spectators.
The food donation included items such as fresh salads, sausage rolls, chocolate brownies and fresh fruit. City Harvest immediately distributed these to charities throughout London, including: mental health, elderly, social isolation, children, youth, families and domestic abuse groups.
Goodwood and Levy will now also make jam from the strawberries in the hampers so they do not go to waste. The jam products will be used at the racecourse at a later date.
Supporting the community
Jon Davies, Managing Director, Levy UK said: “While we are hugely disappointed that the Goodwood event was cancelled, we understand the need to put public safety first. We are delighted that City Harvest and the communities in which they work have benefitted from the delicious meals that were due to be served last weekend.”
Laura Winningham from City Harvest added: “We are really grateful for this fantastic food donation. Our vans have redistributed this beautiful food to those most in need. Thank you to Levy UK and Goodwood for their quick response, ensuring food did not go to waste and helping support vulnerable communities during these challenging times.”
City Harvest, the charity fighting hunger in the capital
City Harvest is London’s first ‘last-mile' food redistribution charity, delivering free food to over 300 charities in London, which support one in four Londoners who cannot afford to eat. City Harvest has three depots in Acton and one in New Spitalfields Market in East London.