On 25th March 2020 at the start of the first Lockdown, Sherborne Community Kitchen was born. Worried that people might not be getting a proper meal each day two people sent out 12 meals cooked by Jane at Olivers to frail and vulnerable people with treats from coffee shops donating their closing stock to us. Here is our earliest photograph:
By 3rd April we were delivering 36 meals a day. We had hand-written delivery routes and were typing up menus, food allergen labels for hours each night at home!
One year on and Sherborne Community Kitchen is a growing Charity forged from the same principles of care for our community and respect for each other. Our amazing team of 41 Volunteers including 17 drivers, 6 packers, 8 callers, 2 chef team have made packed and delivered thousands of meals. Our wonderful Trustees have led us faithfully and with humour. We have professional IT support and benefit from partnerships with local schools, businesses and the Primary Care Network. We have National Lottery Funding, a growing social media presence and a bright future ahead. Throughout this time I have been humbled and inspired by the resourcefulness and dedication of our team. There are many stories about how our volunteers have made a difference: sat with someone, said a kind word, found someone who has fallen, reported a concern. Our food has literally been a lifeline with high quality fresh ingredients prepared with a smile by Adrian the king of Pop Master! To our volunteers a HUGE thank you for your time and your talents to help those who need it most.
Jill Warburton - Founder, Sherborne Community Kitchen