In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the need for social distancing became clear, it became very clear to Leela Brett, from Your Gourmet, that there would be many people in Byron Shire who would be hurt financially. Many families that were already doing it tough were suddenly in an even worse situation.
At the same time, it’s become clear that there is a huge desire in the community to help those who have either been hurt financially by the lockdown, or who are flat out on the ‘front line’ of the outbreak working, at risk to themselves in our hospitals and medical centres.
At Your Gourmet they are bringing these two groups together in the best way they know – with food.
Anyone can email [email protected] and nominate someone for a delivery of free meals. It can be a family with health issues, a single parent home schooling, or a doctor or nurse who is working long hours and needs a break.
Leela says, ‘Each week we will choose 1, 2 or more nominees for food delivery, depending on how many donations we receive.
‘People who want to help can donate meals via our online ordering. We will top up those donated orders with meals from each day’s prep. The meals donated will go to the next person on our nominee list.
‘We also have gift certificates to purchase to give to a specific person.
‘As well as giving people the gift of healthy, freshly cooked meals, our scheme lets people know that they are not alone; that this community looks after each other, even if we can’t see each other!’