Mecca Bingo opens kitchen to provide free meals for vulnerable

Gestures of goodwill are one of the very few positives that have come from the recent Coronavirus lockdown and one Mecca Bingo hall did their bit for their local community over the weekend.


Chesterfield Mecca Bingo were one of the latest entities to give back and make good of a bad situation over the weekend, as they opened their kitchens to provide a food service.


The initiative saw food donated by the Mecca Bingo food supplier Bitfood, which will then see staff work to produce more than 1,000 free meals from the ingredients that will then be delivered by a local taxi company.


The recipients of the free meals are Applewood Homeless Shelter, which is based in Chesterfield, and Chesterfield Royal Hospital, helping to support both NHS workers and those who are currently staying there.


General manager of the bingo hall, Martin Webster, said: “We are proud to be able to provide our help and support to the community by offering up our club as a place to prepare and cook meals for those in need during this difficult time.


“Our employees are wonderful and they have shown this by coming together and giving up their time to help support important causes. It’s great to see such a strong sense of community.”


Toby Perkins, Chesterfield MP, added: “Many thanks for taking such an active role during this crisis and doing what you can to help the most vulnerable. I am so pleased by the reaction from local businesses who have stepped up to ensure people have the support they need.”