Whilst some have rushed to clear the shelves in panic buying mayhem, others have paused for thought as to how to help those in need. Spotted outside of Prezzo in Billericay, Essex, were several food containers in boxes full of supplies. Boxes full of cheese, peppers and herbs were left for people to take for free.
It appears the restaurant is closing its doors, and the staff did not wish to waste supplies.
It comes as businesses will be affected by the Government’s measure to encourage social distancing.
Boris Johnson has told people to avoid pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs as part of a community effort to curb the virus.
Several popular chains will be closing as a result.
These include Ask Italian, Beefeater, Byron, Brewers Fayre and Zizzi.
The items left outside the Prezzo restaurant were labelled ‘free to take’, to help those in need during the pandemic.
These supplies could be vital for those in need, such as the elderly, the disabled and the homeless in the area.
A local football team, Heaton Stannington FC, had unused food from a cancelled game, so decided to donate it to a local charity.
The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle gladly accepted the donation to pass on goodwill to the homeless and disadvantaged people it supports.
A similar measure was taken by York City FC who donated food to Changing Lives York, which support and houses ex-rough sleepers with mental health issues and recovering from drug addiction.
In Westcliff, seven-year-old Jimmy-Dean Hudson donated all of his pocket money towards toilet paper for the elderly.
He was accompanied by his mum, Tracy, to deliver toilet roll to their elderly neighbours.
The boy’s next plan is to buy snacks and drinks for local paramedics at Southend Hospital, in another act of kindness.
And another social media user spoke of how her vulnerable elderly neighbour was unable to find any cat food due to panic buying in the area.
She drove to a pet shop further away and was able to buy the elderly woman enough to feed her cat for the coming weeks.
A number of businesses have also extended goodwill gestures to those fighting the virus on the frontline – NHS workers.
Greggs, Dominos, Pret-A-Manger and McDonald’s have all offered free food and drinks to nurses, doctors and other NHS staff as a thank you.
Published at Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:06:00 +0000