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Double joy for Fresh Start Meals as service secures £30k funding

A THRIVING meals on wheels service in the West Marsh is on the up after securing £30,000 worth of funding for a new kitchen.

Double joy for Fresh Start Meals as service secures £30k funding

Fresh Start Meals, which operates from the St Hugh's Centre on Haycroft Street, was awarded the huge amount of grant funding to transform one of the rooms of the St Mark's Church on Laceby Road into a bustling new kitchen.

The county-wide service continues to swell in size and now delivers around 800 meals to vulnerable people throughout Lincolnshire each and every week.

And now the team behind Fresh Start Meals have partnered up with fish processing giants Icelandic Seachill.

The firm has agreed to calculate the nutritional value of each of Fresh Start Meal's products free of charge.

Sandra Mason, meals service manager, said the gesture would save them thousands of pounds.

"The fact that a local company want to support us is a wonderful thing to happen," she said.

"It shows that even though they're a huge company they do care and that's what it's all about.

"I dread to think (how much it would cost to calculate the nutritional value of their food). We were struggling to find out where we would even get that information.

"We have very little money and because we live by good quality and don't cut corners with the food.

"It would have costs thousands. Icelandic Seachill have been wonderful, we're very grateful."

Over the coming days, Sandra will be sending her Fresh Start Meals recipes off to Icelandic Seachill, who will in turn produce the nutritional information to feature on new packaging.

The gesture will help the team at Fresh Start Meals to meet Government guidelines in relation to food packaging and it will also open up the possibility of the service being awarded contracts to serve food on behalf of the NHS.

The West Marsh group will also be adding products from the company's The Saucy Fish Company range to its menu.

It is the latest development in what has been an encouraging few months for Fresh Start Meals, after they were awarded a huge £30,000 grant from Wren to carry out their plans to expand the service into St Mark's Church in Grimsby.

The major revamp, which is expected to take place in June this year, will create one cook/supervisor position, as well as several voluntary positions.

It is hoped the new site will produce 1,000 extra meals a week.

The venture has come a long way since Sandra started delivering fresh meals to vulnerable people from the Haycroft Street centre back in 2012.

"We serve 800 meals a week and we're growing all the time," she added.

"It's the extra little things we do which keeps our customers happy.

"For a lot of people we are their first port of call. We are enabling people to be more independent."

And Sandra, who also works as manager of the St Hugh's Centre, remains hopeful that she will be awarded enough funding to build a community cafe within the Haycroft Street site after she unfortunately lost out on a £23,000 grant application.

It is hoped that once built, Cafe Avalon will be able to tackle social isolation in the West Marsh area.

As reported, the cafe would be built inside the community centre's main hall, and would accommodate around 50 people.

To find out more information about Fresh Start Meals and the services on offer at the St Hugh's Centre, call Sandra on

01472 231507.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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