Updated: Apr 17, 2020
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Aspire Ryde are trying to make sure that no-one needs to go hungry in Ryde during the Coronavirus crisis.
Ryde's NEW food distribution point
The ARCH Community Hub on Ryde High Street is distributing food parcels from the shop and acting as a distribution point for free school meals for Ryde secondary school pupils.
Food parcel deliveries are also going directly to the homes of people in need.
Meet our community superstar - Chef Dom
Formidable ex-Navy volunteer chef Dom, has turned his hand to making around 100 individually portioned frozen meals a week and a team of local volunteers are delivering them to people who are isolated, don't have cooking facilities or find cooking difficult because they are vulnerable or frail. A further 70 cooked meals a week are going to people who are homeless and in temporary accommodation.
"I always knew the community spirit in Ryde was something else, but what I've experienced in the last few weeks has absolutely blown me away. Food is obviously one of the most fundamental human needs so this is where we wanted to focus - and people's natural instinct has been to offer help. We're missing all our visitors at Aspire on Dover Street, which is closed for the foreseeable future, but we'll still be here for you on the other side. Despite the difficulties we know a lot of people are facing, please believe something good will come out of all this. Love and admiration for the #RydeUnite community".
Trevor Nichols, CEO - Aspire Ryde