Two Hamilton businesses have joined forces to provide hot meals and food parcels to people and families in need across Lanarkshire.
Juniors Play Cafe, on Campbell Street, and Rocca Restaurant, on Cadzow Steet, work to tackle food poverty and deliver the meals and emergency parcels to families and individuals experiencing hardship across the county, as well as homeless. Rocca also provide food parcels to local schools.
They also provide food parcels to local schools.
The items handed out are made up from supplies purchased by Rocca, customer donations and foodstuff including fresh fruit and tins donated by both Morrisons Superstore and Co-op Hamilton.
Since the start of the pandemic Rocca have delivered thousands of meals to people across the Hamilton community, whilst Juniors Play Cafe have distributed hundreds of food parcels and family fun packs aimed at keeping the children entertained during lockdown.
Emma Allan, owner of Rocca, told the Advertiser: “This week for example we have provided 30 family food parcels to three local schools and had 80 referrals where we’ve provided fresh dinners to 30 homeless, 30 hardship, and 20 families in contact with Juniors Play Cafe and social services (ML3).
“Approaching our 6000 meal we decided to add food parcels into schools when lockdown extended. We launched a GoFundMe two weeks ago to be sustainable after customers expressed a desire to help.
“We really appreciate such support. Thanks also to Rocca chefs who donated food parcel supplies from their own pockets this week, we honestly have the best team.”
The Rocca Foundation has now welcomed over £290 since setting up and Emma added: “We will continue to fund our free meals as long as our takeaway remains operational enabling the business to take in donated stock and then prepare meals.
“We are very thankful to local school management teams for distributing parcels, Lesley at Juniors Play Cafe too for coming together and helping as many people as we can as well as Morrisons for supporting Juniors and Co-op for supporting Rocaa. We know there are so many causes out there and we are are stronger working together in these tough times.”
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Lesley Robertson, owner of Juniors, added: “It’s been another busy week delivering hot meals and food parcels as well as essential household items to seven various organisations including health visitors, schools and social work
“Big thanks to our chef Lizz Whyte for all her hard work.
“The demand is growing every week and we can’t thank Emma Allan from Rocca Hamilton enough as without her kind help and support we wouldn’t be able to help as many families as we do .
“A big thank you also to Kimberley Cairns and Shell Foley from Morrisons Hamilton in the Community for their continued weekly contributions.”