Pub in the Park supports foodbanks in Warwick district with 'donate a dish' scheme - The Leamington Observer

Pub in the Park supports foodbanks in Warwick district with 'donate a dish' scheme

Leamington Editorial 15th May, 2023   0

PUB in the Park is aiming to help those struggling to make ends meet.

The foodie-music festival, being held in Leamington’s Victoria Park from June 30 to July 2, is partnering with Warwick District Trussell Trust to raise funds via a ‘donate-a-dish’ scheme, to support the charity to help those who struggle to get food on the table every day.

For the first time, Pub in the Park will be introducing the donate-a-dish scheme. The £3 ‘dish’ will feature on every restaurant menu at the festival. Rather than being a physical meal, it will act as a means to donate to the local food bank. This ‘pay it forward’ scheme will raise funds and awareness of the work the food bank does locally.

Tom Kerridge, Michelin-star chef and founder of Pub in the Park said: “We’re all about food here at Pub in the Park and we want to do everything we can to support families who are struggling to put food on the table. Giving back to the local communities in each town that we visit is so important to us, and an essential part of the festival this year and beyond.”

Andy Bower at Warwick District Trussell Trust explained how the charity worked.

“We run two sessions on a Friday, one in Leamington and one in Warwick, and in the two hours that we’re open, we could see anything from 60 to 70 mouths fed.

“The cost of living crisis has really impacted the number of people that we’re seeing and most recently we’ve seen nurses, teachers and younger professionals that are struggling. We’re not affiliated with any political organisation or funded by the government or local authority, so often we encourage organisations like Pub in the Park to fundraise on our behalf.”

Among the music stars performing will be Ronan Keating, Bananarama and Toploader. Celebrity chefs making an appearance include Si King of Hairy Bikers fame, Simon Rimmer and Ellen Manning.

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