A contract catering firm that specialises in the care home sector is using its kitchen infrastructure to provide care workers with a ‘pantry service’ during the pandemic.
Signature Dining, which is based in London, said it had come up with a simple plan to help key workers get access to essential ingredients and minimise the frequency that they and their families need to go shopping.
It is now buying additional supplies into its kitchen and selling key essentials as a pantry service.
Care, catering and administration staff can purchase fruit, vegetables, dairy items and dry goods at cost price.
“Our clients think this is a simple but brilliant idea and have embraced the service wholeheartedly,” explained founder director Paul Robottom.
“We recognise that our catering teams in care homes are at the very front line of helping support the care provided to those most vulnerable in society. We are also aware of the incredible effort that the Care teams are making to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus too.”
Posters have been put up at homes that Signature serves and, at the end of their shift, items are bagged and ready for collection.
Signature Dining is part of The Genuine Dining Co, which was founded in 2011 and has gone on to become one of the UK’s leading independent contract caterers, providing quality-led, bespoke fresh-food services to company headquarters, TV studios, city law firms, banks and hotels.