Award-winning care home operator Balhousie Care Group is providing food for the homeless and vulnerable as it backs one of its charity partners, Social Bite, in its latest charity drive.

As Social Bite repurposes its efforts to delivering free food in cities across Scotland, Tayside based Balhousie Care Group is making 800 sandwiches a week for distribution in Dundee.

The fresh sandwiches, which are being prepared at one of Balhousie’s care homes in Dundee, will be distributed by Social Bite to a number of Dundee venues, among them St Salvador’s Church, Rock Solid Douglas and Lochee Community Larder. Balhousie Care’s maintenance staff are also on hand to help with deliveries if needed.

The initiative, which follows the forced closure of Social Bite’s restaurants and cafes due to the Coronavirus crisis, will last for at least four weeks.

Heading up the sandwich prepping is Daniel Inglis, Head Chef at Balhousie St Ronan’s care home in Dundee. Daniel is a popular community activist who is known for donating his time to help youths in foster care train in catering.

Daniel said:

“It really is all hands on deck right now because of the Coronavirus crisis. We in our care home are grateful for how the local community has stepped up to help us, and when we learned that Social Bite needed help with its latest initiative, we jumped at the chance to be involved and give something back to the community.”

Jill Kerr, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Balhousie Care Group’s charitable partnership with Social Bite, which goes back almost three years, is a strong one. They do extremely valuable work, which is going to be needed all the more in the coming months. It’s our job to provide care every day to some of our most vulnerable citizens, and with this initiative we are simply taking our care outside of our homes and onto the streets.”

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, said:

“Last week Social Bite delivered more than 15,000 emergency food packs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to homeless people and other vulnerable groups. We plan to keep growing this food distribution service throughout the Covid-19 crisis and we were determined to extend the provision to Dundee. Because we don’t have premises in Dundee we really needed a local partner and Balhousie Care Group has massively stepped up to enable this to happen. By donating their kitchen team and the food, they have helped us to feed many Dundonians who are in really desperate need during this crisis. My massive thanks to Balhousie Care Group Chairman Tony Banks and all of the Balhousie team for their generosity during this difficult time.”

Photo:  Glen Anderson (L), Social Bite delivery driver, and Daniel Inglis, Head Chef at Balhousie St Ronan’s care home Dundee, load the first sandwich delivery.