30 10 2019

Harrogate Food Angels – an award-winning initiative – extends its food service delivery to Ripon. Mayor of Ripon hand-delivers hot meals to local residents. 

A hot meal delivery initiative catering for those in need of a home-cooked meal has landed in Ripon following a demand in the community for a service of this kind. The Mayor of Ripon, Eamon Parkin, alongside dedicated volunteers delivered the very first hot meals directly to the doors of local residents on Monday 28th October.

The first of many meals delivered in Ripon by Food Angels

Founded by not-for-profit organisation, Harrogate Neighbours in 2012, the initiative now known as Harrogate  & Ripon Food Angels will prepare and deliver fresh, hot meals to the elderly and in some cases, socially isolated people in Ripon who without the service may not be in a position to cook a meal for themselves.

Spotting a vital need for community catering, the Living Well team at North Yorkshire County Council were so impressed by the initiative provided by the Harrogate Food Angels in Harrogate, that it approached the organisation to deliver the same, much needed service in Ripon. 

Mayor of Ripon Coun Eamon Parkin & Gill Thursh

Delivering over 100 meals a day in the Harrogate district, the service, which is delivered solely by volunteers, has been recognised nationally for its efforts picking up several awards for its commitment to the community.  

Speaking on behalf of Harrogate & Ripon Food Angels, CEO of Harrogate Neighbours, Sue Cawthray said, “We’re delighted to be in a position to extend our food angels service to Ripon – particularly to those living more remotely and as we approach the winter months. We’ve worked really hard to streamline the process so that we can prepare, deliver and support those in need and a huge thanks goes to our incredible volunteers and partners who work tirelessly to support the work we do. 

“The donation of our new chef-mobile by Vantastec, which keeps food heated when transported has made it possible for us to extend our services to Ripon and we are extremely grateful for their contribution.”

Commenting on the launch, Linda White, Living Well Team Manager at North Yorkshire County Council said, “There is a huge demand for a service of this kind in the area and following a successful pilot we’re so pleased that this vital service is now launching. We’re committed to supporting the elderly amongst us and this is a fantastic initiative which will help people to live independent, full lives, whilst taking care of their wellbeing through nutritious food delivered straight to their door. We’re delighted that Harrogate Neighbours is in a position to extend its services and we look forward to working together to support those in need now and in the future.”

To help support Harrogate Neighbours through volunteering, donating, fundraising, sponsoring an event or to join the team please visit www.hnha.co.uk or call 01423 888777.