A charity that delivers hot meals to older people has issued a plea for more volunteers during the lockdown.
Harrogate and Ripon Foods Angels needs extra help because of rising demand for its services and a reduction in volunteers due to shielding.
The food angels prepare and deliver about 120 meals daily for vulnerable people in Harrogate and Ripon.
Today’s plea is not only for individual volunteers but also for businesses: for instance, two staff at Harrogate firm Slingsby Gin help every Thursday.
The service not only provides meals but also helps reduce isolation among vulnerable people during the pandemic.
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Sue Cawthray, chief executive of Harrogate Neighbours, which oversees the food angels, said it expected demand for meals to increase in the weeks ahead and any help would be appreciated. She added:
“New shielding guidelines have forced regular and willing volunteers to take a step down, which has left a big gap in the number of people we need to deliver the meals each day.
“We are asking those individuals or local businesses who can spare some time to please do so, so that we can continue to provide the much-needed service into the community.
Volunteers follow government guidelines and protocol, including wearing PPE.
For more information on volunteering visit here or call 01423 888777.