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The AELTC has opened the kitchen at its Wingfield restaurant to prepare and package 200 hot meals a day for distribution throughout the club’s neighbouring boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.
Prepared by Food & Drink at Wimbledon, the AELTC’s year-round catering partner, the project is led by Executive Chef Adam Fargin, and will be distributed by food distribution charity City Harvest, a long-standing AELTC partner.
Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive, said: “Since the cancellation of The Championships, we have worked hard to make a difference to those in our local community and beyond as the long period of recovery from the coronavirus begins.
“Many groups across our communities are without access to proper food, and so, with no Championships to cook for, we have repurposed our Wingfield kitchen to provide 200 hot meals per day, which are being distributed across Merton and Wandsworth.
“We would like to pay tribute to the invaluable efforts of both Food & Drink at Wimbledon, our year-round catering partner, and City Harvest, our distribution partner, as we work with them to play a small part in helping our community through this time of crisis.”
Adam Fargin, Executive Chef at Food & Drink at Wimbledon, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to support our long-standing partner, City Harvest, who help to feed vulnerable people in the local area. We hope the worthy recipients enjoy some of our specially created dishes, which would have been served up at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon – we’re glad they’ve been put to good use.”
In addition to the meal distribution programme, which is currently planned to run for the next three months, a donation of funds has been made to City Harvest by the Wimbledon Foundation – the charity of the AELTC and The Championships – to support the organisation which has provided more than 1.5 million meals during the pandemic to date.