Sodexo has described the operation of some 50 Covid-19 test centres as a “new, growing area” for the business – and it’s now partnered with The Soho Sandwich Company to ensure staff are catered for during their shifts.
The Soho Sandwich Company is providing the testing teams with breakfast options, sandwiches, wraps, healthy snacks, salads and ‘heat to eat meals’, such as curries, chilli and pasta dishes.
To date, over 190,000 meals have been provided to Sodexo-managed testing centres.
The Soho Sandwich Company is an established supply partner of Sodexo, providing food at major events such as Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot.
Dan Silverston, CEO for The Soho Sandwich Company, said: “Back in March, no one could have predicted the impact coronavirus and the national lockdown was going to have on our sector. Within five days, we watched sales plummet by over 70% as our clients closed their sites down.
“It is a real privilege that we are now supplying our full range to almost 50 Covid testing centres nationally.
“Due to the speed at which the testing centres were opening, it was incredibly difficult to forecast volumes, we had to be agile and react quickly. At one point Sodexo was mobilising 20 Covid testing centres within 48 hours, and we were there to ensure that when it opened, food was available for the teams at each site.”
The Soho Sandwich Company operates a zero carbon footprint facility where all food is responsibly sourced. All eggs are free-range, cardboard sandwich wedges are plastic free, and bread crusts – which make up most of its food waste – go to a sheep farm in Essex to be used as animal feed.
Since March, Sodexo teams have redeployed to operate Covid-19 testing centres on behalf of the UK government and support the national test and trace effort.
As well as catering at the sites, Sodexo has worked with its suppliers to ensure its teams have the relevant tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) to work safely, accurately and efficiently.