Frampton farm shop's link up with city charity helps feed families during lockdown
A FRAMPTON Cotterell business has helped a charity feed 20 families through lockdown and beyond.
Home-Start Bristol worked with Trent’s Food & Beverage Hall to provide boxes of food for those who needed extra help during the coronavirus crisis.
At first the Bristol Road business provided specific food items for the charity but over the summer months, as lockdown slowly eased, this changed and it has started providing ingredients for cooking complete meals from scratch.
Cindy Trent, who owns the food hall at Poplars Farm, said: “It’s a tight budget for up to five people per box. What we came up with, because people are trying to eat healthier, is a Sunday roast and all the veg, and a spaghetti bolognaise, plus four pints of milk, and bread and butter.
“The boxes go to people who have maybe lost their jobs during COVID or people who’ve had unforeseen circumstances like serious illness; people from all sort of walks of life.”
Some families have even sent in photos of the meals they’ve made.
Home-Start Bristol's Andrea Priest said: “Being able to work alongside local businesses has been really beneficial for the families we are working with.
"The fresh local produce which Cindy and her team at Trent’s food & Beverage have been able to provide for us has been greatly appreciated by all of the 20 families we initially supported.”
“Over the summer period we have also been able to extend this support for nine of our most vulnerable families, by being able to provide fortnightly fresh food boxes and suggested menu and recipe cards, so that families can prepare and enjoy freshly cooked nutritious meals together.”
Lockdown was generally an extremely busy time for Trent Foods, as people sought alternatives to shopping in supermarkets.
Cindy said: “We never had any shortages of food, not of anything – meat, veg, or fruit. Smaller companies supply us, so we held ample supplies.
"For the first few weeks the phone didn’t stop ringing, my sister came to work with us to answer the phones and assist with the demand for home deliveries.”
Cindy is keen to keep supporting Home-Start Bristol, but the original lockdown project was paid for by the John Lewis COVID-19 crisis fund. Further funding is now needed to keep it going.
Picture: Marie Wathen of Home-Start Bristol collecting supplies from Trent's Food & Beverage Hall in Frampton Cotterell