Council staff cooking up much-needed support: kitchen staff

15 May 2020

Council staff cooking up much-needed support

Ryedale District Council staff are cooking over 150 meals a week for elderly and vulnerable people in the district.



Council employees are busy cooking nutritious meals in the kitchen at Ryedale House in Malton for those who are struggling during COVID-19.

The meals are then delivered to people in the Malton and Norton area by a team of volunteers, three times a week. The dishes include cottage pie, chicken and mushroom pasta bake and sausage casserole.

Cllr Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale Council said:

“Ryedale District Council is delighted to utilise the skills of our canteen staff at Ryedale House at this critical time.

“Our key priority is to support the citizens of Ryedale, especially those whose lives and livelihoods are most at risk as a result of COVID-19.

"At the start of the lockdown, we identified spare capacity in the Ryedale House canteen, due to large numbers of staff working from home. We made a commitment then to enable the canteen staff to prepare meals for vulnerable and isolated people. I'm delighted to see that we're delivering on our priorities. Our staff are stepping up to the mark to help those in need and by working together, we can make a positive difference to people’s lives at this challenging time."

Gill Pearson who has worked in the canteen for 12 years said:

"It's brilliant to be able to help the vulnerable people in our community. Cliff and Karen are new to the canteen team and are already making such a difference. Together, we're preparing nutritionally balanced meals that can be popped in the microwave. It means that those who need it, get one good hot meal."