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“Meals on Wheels” Service launched in July 2020

The Asian Association of Chesterfield and N. Derbyshire is delighted to introduce

Saffron Kitchen : Community Meals Service

delivering fresh, hot, nutritious meals direct to your door!

How It Began:

For some time, the Association saw need in the community for a mid-day meal delivery service for elderly and vulnerable people and carers. We knew from our own members, associate members and a wider community survey that a need existed.

In 2020, the Asian Association was successful in receiving a Big Lottery - Reaching Communities Grant and Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund for this project.

Up until June of 2021, the Association was grateful for the collaboration and support from Rural Action Derbyshire in their project “Feeding Derbyshire”.

Plans for this project had been evolving before 2020, but the advent of COVID-19, social distancing and lockdown measures generated an urgency to implement the Project. After some major refurbishment at the Association's centre in Hasland, the newly born Saffron Kitchen marked its first day on 13th July 2020.

Through Saffron Kitchen, the Association provides hot packed meals two days per week (Wednesdays and Fridays).

The project offers two options on every meal day. The meals are simple but nutritious, not to mention delicious as well! A modest charge is attached to the meal to assist with the cost of meal production, packaging and delivery. We have also provided free meals to people with referrals from Rural Action Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council and other welfare organisations.

Initially, Saffron Kitchen was targeted toward elderly and vulnerable members and carers, with a service area covering those in the wider community of Chesterfield, Hasland, Grassmoor, Hady and other locals within a feasible radius e.g. Old Brampton, Calow etc. Since then Saffron Kitchen has opened its orders up to everyone and anyone who wishes to do so. The income generated through orders from the general public have supplemented the delivery of meals to vulnerable members of the community.

The Saffron Kitchen Meals on Wheels project was created to provide immediate benefits and support during the “Lockdown” period but, as predicted, is still required by vulnerable members of the community. We intend to continue into the future and become self-sustaining!

To register your interest for this service please email

saffronkitchen@asianassociationchesterfield.org

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Contact

Sushri Wells : 07876617050 or Shruti Vispute : 07551896392