press release
Published: 27 March 2020

University’s catering team recycles food to support its neighbours

The University of Surrey’s catering team has been recycling perishable food by delivering it to local community groups during the Covid-19 epidemic.


Fruit, vegetables and milk were taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital on Wednesday 25 March where they were given out to hospital workers. The delivery follows recent reports in the national press that panic buyers were stripping the shelves, leaving key workers with little chance of picking up essential food items after work.

Following the Prime Minister’s strengthening of movement rules to ensure people stay at home to protect the NHS in the national fight against Covid-19, the team also took cakes and milk to Dray Court, a nearby residential home for older locals.

Executive Chef at the University of Surrey, Russell Ednie, who made the deliveries, said: “We would encourage any local catering outlets who have found themselves with more food than they are able to use in this time of lockdown to consider the many deserving groups here in Guildford.

“From elderly residents who are self-isolating for 12 weeks to hospital workers who deserve all the support we can offer them during these challenging times, there are people out there who will make good use of what you have.”

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