University volunteers help to deliver 2,000 packed lunches a day to York Hospital staff

Lunch to go… Photographs: University of York

Volunteers from the University of York are helping to pack and deliver 2,000 packed lunches a day to frontline staff at York Hospital.

The university stepped in to help after the hospital’s own caterers diverted staff to patient services due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The items for the packed lunches are now delivered to the university’s Roger Kirk Centre every morning and then assembled into individual bags by a team of 10 volunteers.

The meals ready for delivery

The first batch was delivered today (Wednesday) with the food costs picked up by the hospital and Cucina looking after the deliveries.

The lunches contain a sandwich, piece of fruit, water, flapjack and bag of crisps.

Director of commercial services Jon Greenwood said the university was happy to help out.

He said:

  • We have a mixture of student volunteers and some regular staff working together to get the lunches packed and delivered to frontline staff. It is a fantastic example of people coming together to help a great cause. 

    The NHS is doing a tremendous job in extremely challenging times and we can all play our part, however small.

Mr Greenwood said the operation would be in place for the next 10 weeks.