A restaurant in Watford has donated over 800 free meals to the NHS and local charities to support them in what is a troubling time for most at the moment.
Tarboush, a Lebanese and Mediterranean café-restaurant in Watford, also saw online that New Hope needed help to feed the homeless and wanted to do their bit to help the community.
Kayes Ibrahim, the owner of the restaurant, said: “At the start of the pandemic we wanted to do something to thank the NHS who we knew from seeing what was happening in other countries were going to be going through a very difficult time.
“We gave 811 free meals to the NHS and Peace Hospice staff. It was an amazing day, and the next day we decided to close our door to eat in customers in order to support the NHS and promote social distancing.”
On a Facebook post, Kayes said: “We have just delivered approximately 90 meals to New Hope charity to feed the homeless in Watford. At times like these we need to show our humanity.
“Thanks to my team for making the food and to the team at New Hope and other charity works on the front line.”
The coronavirus outbreak has affected businesses all over the country, and Tarboush is no different with them having to be closed and also furloughing their employees.
Kayes continued: “Coronavirus has completely affected us as we are currently closed. We had tried to continue operating as delivery only, but experience issues with supplies and huge price increases in raw materials which forced us to temporarily close our doors.
“It would be unfair to put pressure on other hospitality businesses to do something similar, but I do think it would be nice if anyone who could help did.
“Whether that be donating ingredients or providing some meals, it’s a very direct way of helping as the food provides help to feed some very vulnerable people in our local community.”