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FABULOUS WORK: Berkhamsted charities join forces to feed vulnerable during lockdown

 Published on: 24th November 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Open Door, the community centre in Berkhamsted, and Berko Food for Friends have teamed up to provide a free meal service for the most vulnerable in the community.

Every Tuesday and Thursday during lockdown, volunteers have been delivering freshly cooked main courses and desserts to people who are elderly, self-isolating or struggling financially.

Christine Delaney, who helped set up the service, said: “We made more than 1,000 deliveries during the last lockdown, and know that a delicious meal delivered with a friendly smile was the highlight of many people’s week. 

“It’s impossible to overestimate the isolation some people are experiencing right now, and we want to do what we can to take some of the worry away.”

Food donations have been coming in from local supermarkets and market stalls. These are skilfully turned into balanced, nutritious meals by school chef, Mark Sear, who has almost 30 years’ catering experience under his belt.

Open Door is also making sure essential supplies are available, free of charge, in the Community Pantry outside their entrance, which is open 24/7 for people to take what they need, or contribute food and other essentials.

Mary-Jane Martin, volunteer manager, explained: “We now have two fantastic volunteers looking after the pantry, making sure it stays full of food and other vital products, like nappies and toiletries.

“We have a very small budget to do this, and are grateful for any contributions the Berkhamsted community can make.”

There are also community pantries at St Mary’s Church, Northchurch, and Northchurch Baptist Church. 

If you’d like to order a meal for you or on behalf of someone else, please email

If you’d like to make a donation to support Open Door’s work in the community, please email

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