As the coronavirus crisis continues to hit Gloucestershire, The Wiggly Worm charity is helping ensure the most vulnerable and isolated individuals, families and others in need across the county can access free or low cost frozen meals, lovingly prepared by Wiggly’s team of staff and volunteers, at the Community Kitchen, Kingfisher Treasure Seeker’s Hub, Gloucester.
Wiggly’s team prepares 1,200 frozen meals every week, freshly cooked from scratch. Its meals are distributed by The Long Table in coalition with Gloucester Diocese as part of their Feeding the 5000+ campaign. Wiggly are supporting many older or vulnerable people who have been advised to self-isolate at home for up to 12 weeks as well as others who are struggling to access food for themselves and their families, and anyone referred to The Long Table via Gloucestershire’s Community Help Hub.
Wiggly meals, are now available, free of charge, to Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Health and Care hospital staff.
The Wiggly Worm is one of Gloucestershire’s leading food charities. Typically, its activities involve running courses and workshops in local communities where people learn practical kitchen and cooking skills, or simply share and enjoy a meal and friendship. COVID-19 means all its projects, including the Lottery-funded Cook and Eat weekly workshops from the Community Kitchen, Gloucester, and other projects delivered in partnership with Thriving Communities, The Cheltenham Trust, Cheltenham Borough Housing and Active Impact have been suspended. So the organisation has re-invented how we work in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Joanna Scott, Operations Director, The Wiggly Worm, said: “Food is at the heart of everything we do. Our team, including staff and volunteers, are now focused on bringing their cooking expertise, innovative skills, passion and hard work to transform the Community Kitchen and create delicious hand cooked frozen meals to so many who need our support.
“Thanks to a generous £1,000 grant from Gloucestershire Community Foundation, we have purchased a large commercial freezer, which has helped us scale up daily meal production, but we need more essential equipment to help our work.”
Tom Herbert, founder of The Long Table, added: “In just a few weeks since we’ve established our meal distribution coalition across the county, we’ve delivered more than 12,000 meals to vulnerable and isolated people and NHS staff and thank all the organisations and charities, including The Wiggly Worm, who are supporting such important work.”
Katie Tucker, Kingfisher Treasure Seekers, said: “At this very difficult time for us all, as our routine services are adapting to COVID-19 social distancing, we thank The Wiggly Worm for continuing to use the Community Kitchen and transform their work and continue to provide food for the vulnerable and isolated in Gloucester.”