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Scott Kitson (File photograph)
Huckleberry Restaurant, part of the Rosedon Hotel, on Pitts Bay Road in Hamilton. (File photograph)

A restaurant team has made thousands of meals for people in need since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

More than 10,000 meals have been prepared and delivered by Huckleberry Restaurant, which is part of the Rosedon Hotel on Pitts Bay Road.

Scott Kitson, the director, said: “The support we have received from individuals and businesses to date has been incredibly uplifting.

“It has helped to make our ongoing support for community feeding viable for the long term and has allowed us to respond to increasing demand.

“We have continued to build our capacities over the past few months and are committed to ongoing support of food security for those in need in Bermuda.”

A decision was made soon after the pandemic hit the island that the restaurant would support community feeding programmes and it responded to an appeal from the Bermuda Emergency Fund in April 2020.

A spokesman explained: “That initial effort led Huckleberry Restaurant to make a donation of over $30,000 in meals for May and early June that were distributed to various programmes in conjunction with the Third Sector Coordinated Crisis Response Effort.

“Following on from the initial support Huckleberry responded to an appeal from Christ Church as there was a void left in their feeding programme after previous community support ceased at the end of May.

“The church managed to continue the programme through July with the support of volunteers but, as Bermuda emerged from the island-wide shutdown, volunteers began to return to work and Huckleberry stepped in to fill the void.”

Donors for the programmes are sought by teams at Christ Church, in Warwick, and Huckleberry Restaurant is looking for support from its customers through direct appeals as well as via its online store at HuckleberryBDA.com.

Mr Kitson added: “I would also like to highlight the incredible dedication and commitment that the volunteer team at Christ Church, Warwick is providing to make this a reality.

“Their operation is where the rubber meets the road. The programme provides meals to the Eliza DoLittle Society in addition to directly providing meals to families and individuals.

“Their work is a shining example of selfless giving and community support and we are extremely proud and honoured to be a part of it.”

He said: “I also want to thank everyone who has supported our efforts no matter how big or small.

“Every dollar that is donated helps to provide a substantive and balanced meal to feed someone in our community who would otherwise go hungry.”

*Donations to support the feeding programme can be made through Christ Church on Middle Road in Warwick, online with a purchase atHuckleberryBDA.com, or by e-mailing ​communitysupport@HucklberryBDA.com.

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Published November 05, 2020 at 4:15 pm (Updated November 06, 2020 at 12:14 am)

Restaurant and church team up for meals scheme

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