Doncaster business funds food truck to feed NHS staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Five hundred hot meals are being served to DRIs NHS staff for free on a daily basis in a bid to help them through the pandemic.

By Laura Andrew
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 6:51 pm

MechFS, a family-run firm, based in Beckingham, has organised and funded a food truck to feed frontline NHS staff based at DRI for the next three weeks as they work tirelessly through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Natalie Sutherland, Director of MechFS, said: “Myself and the team are humbled and inspired by the dedication and bravery demonstrated by all of those working within the NHS at this very difficult time.

“We want to show our support by providing doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters and anyone working at DRI with a hot meal, free of charge, during their shifts.

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THe MechFS food truck outside DRI.

“We have provided everyone involved with the necessary PPE and have instigated a socially distanced operating system to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Working within the strict government health and safety and social distancing guidelines, chef Tom Bracha of Yellow Bus Catering, a minimal pre-prep team based in Armthorpe and a small rota of MechFS employees will provide NHS staff with much-needed meals.

All food will be pre-prepared in Armthorpe, transported in MechFS’ single occupancy vans to the DRI and served daily for the next three weeks.

She said: “We are immensely grateful to our local NHS heroes and are keen to support them in any way we can.”

“I myself was treated in a Doncaster hospital a few years ago and the staff were run off their feet then so I can only imagine what they are going through now.

“It makes me quite emotional to think about the impact that this may have on the NHS staff - they can be working 13 or 14 hours shifts and may not have access to a hot meal.

“We hope that we can cheer them up after being in PPE head to toe all day and helping people.”

On April 20 the truck served 300 NHS staff and on April 21 they reached 550.

The business would like to invite any other local businesses to help fund the food truck.

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