LNER has announced that it is supporting its suppliers and communities during the coronavirus crisis by supplying sandwiches to a charity fighting food hunger.
The sandwiches would have been sold onboard train services, but LNER has closed buffets on its trains until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.
LNER will provide up to 5,000 sandwiches each week. These will be made by Bradford based supplier Tiffin. The charity who will receive them will be FareShare in Leeds.
FareShare is a national network of charitable food redistribution. They support nearly 11,000 frontline charities and groups across the UK.
The sandwiches are just one way LNER is supporting suppliers and communities through the coronavirus crisis. More than 500 eggs that would have been used for First Class breakfasts were donated to Matt Healy ‘X The Foundry’ in Leeds to make Yorkshire Puddings for hundreds of NHS frontline staff. LNER is also supporting Food Revival in Leeds, and other supplies have been donated to the Magic Hat Café in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and ambulance stations in Falkirk, Sauchie and Stirling.
What did the officials say?
Claire Ansley, LNER Customer Experience Director, said:
“Our Catering and Community teams have formed a partnership with FareShare, which is dedicated to fighting hunger by redistributing surplus food. It’s one of many steps LNER is taking to support our suppliers and communities during these challenging times.”
Gareth Batty, FareShare Yorkshire CEO has welcomed the support:
“We’re delighted that LNER’s sandwiches will be put to good use and will be delivered to people who are vulnerable and at risk across Yorkshire.”
Tiffin’s Key Account Manager, Steven Dunn, said:
“During the pandemic we have seen our workload reduce significantly. As LNER is a key customer for Tiffin Sandwiches, being able to send their order to support local communities is inspiring and heart-warming.”
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