Ask Italian in Berkhamsted have been forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that hasn’t stopped them from doing their bit to help the vulnerable.
Staff from the restaurant decided it would be such a shame to see the food go to waste when there are people all around the area who would need it.
The total amount of food donated was worth over £4000, which was given out to organisations such as charities, childcare providers and care homes.
The restaurant closed on March 18 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the nation informing all pubs, clubs and restaurants should shut their doors immediately.
General manager of Berkhamsted’s Ask Italian, Adam Wilson told BerkhamstedNews: “We decided to donate the food as we were being told to close by our head office due to the coronavirus situation.
“We were told to get rid of the food, however I thought this would be a waste, so I decided to help out the local community by making up meals and donating loads of fresh produce to others.
“It was very important for me as I know lots of people who are struggling at the moment especially the vulnerable.”
The coronavirus has forced Adam to close the restaurant for the foreseeable future and has spoken about the effects it has had on him and his staff.
He said: “It’s massively affected the staff. We have got the 80 per cent, however this is still a big impact. I’m hopeful that when this is over everybody comes out to spend some money so we can make up our staff’s lost income.”
One of the charities that Ask Italian supported was The Hospice of St Francis, also in Berkhamsted.
The hospice put a Facebook post acknowledging the restaurant’s kindness, it read: “Thank you to the team at ASK Italian in Berkhamsted for donating food supplies to the Hospice. Claire, our carer support lead, was there to meet Adam, who’s also helping support other local groups.
“The gesture means so much as the community comes together to support organisations like us. It will be a big help to our chef Chris and the kitchen team who prepare food for parents, families, volunteers and staff.”