London’s Grosvenor Casino has helped to deliver 25,000 meals to people in need throughout the UK since last April.
Working alongside numerous charities and hospitals, the casino’s cooking staff in Russell Square provides freshly-prepared meals seven days a week.
Elsewhere in the UK, Grosvenor Casino venues have also helped to deliver meals to disadvantaged people in their local communities.
Working in collaboration with various good causes
Casinos across the UK have been closed for much of the past 12 months. The exception was for a couple of months during the summer and early autumn, when they were subjected to various restrictions.
Since they are not serving customers, casino venues have had the capacity to cook meals for local communities.
The casino has worked with various organisations to help deliver its meals. These include The Salvation Army, Only A Pavement Away, and Help the Aged. The casino has also worked with the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Team at Paddington’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
Grosvenor Casino in Russell Square has been preparing up to 150 meals each day for the cause. Head Chef Mohammed Shaik said of the initiative:
“It feels amazing to be able to do such noble work with my team. We have all found it really rewarding and worthwhile.
“Giving those who need it a hot meal goes a long way and we’ve had some lovely thank you messages from the charities and organisations we’ve worked with.”
Meals donated to vulnerable people and essential workers
Some of the meals cooked include cheeseburgers and chips, chicken and mushroom casserole, and vegetable madras curry. Food is individually-packed for local charities’ delivery staff to pick up and distribute each day.
Besides vulnerable families and communities, the casino has also donated meals to key workers, such as NHS nurses, ambulance drivers, the fire brigade, and the police.
Grosvenor Casinos in Glasgow Merchant City, Blackpool, Bristol, and Dundee have similarly provided services to help local communities.
The Russell Square casino’s General Manager Jerry Lewis also shared his thoughts on the initiative. He had the following to say:
“It has been a difficult time for everyone in the community, but working with our charity partners to cook and deliver over 4,000 free meals to those who need them most is a real testament to everyone’s hard work and commitment to the cause.
“We’re proud of all the kitchen team and the delivery staff’s efforts who continue to go above and beyond to support this initiative which is being delivered by Grosvenor Casino venues across the country.”