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GREAT INITIATIVE: Hot meals delivered to the elderly in Berkhamsted during pandemic

 Published on: 23rd April 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Berko Food for Friends and Open Door Berkhamsted have joined forces and have been delivering meals to vulnerable and elderly residents to help during pandemic.

Christine Delaney, who set up Berko Food for Friends, started the initiative with the help of the town’s restaurant, The Old Mill. 

After the government shut down all restaurants in the country and The Old Mill had to close, she got in touch with the local charity and they offered the use of their kitchen.

Joan Fisher, manager at Open Door said: “It is really important to look after elderly members of the community, especially when we are separated, to make sure they know that there is somebody looking out for them, caring.”

They deliver 50-60 meals a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Waitrose is their main sponsor. Christine said: “We employed a chef, his name is Charlie. There’s only him in the kitchen, because of social distancing we don’t want anyone else in there who cooks on those days. His mum, Jean also helps in the evening time but she’s from the same household.” 

“A huge thank you to Michael and his team from Waitrose, thanks to all our delivery drivers and to all volunteers.”

“Regardless of who we are and where we’re from, we are all in this together and if you can’t help now, gosh, when can you?”

If you wish to donate, please get in touch with Open Door and visit and for more information email 

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