Essential Cuisine helps to feed NHS workers

Essential Cuisine has donated over one thousand litres of stock to café manager Steve Illidge, who has been delivering soups to medical staff at Warrington Halton NHS trust throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Illidge and his team prep and deliver over 50 soups a day.

After his Hope Café in Runcorn had to close its doors during the pandemic, Illidge immediately thought about how he could help the NHS during the crisis. Within 24 hours, and with the help of generous donations, he initiated the Souper Hero programme, whereby he began utilising his kitchen facilities to produce quality, nutritious soups that could be heated in minutes to sustain NHS teams on the front line, ensuring they looked after themselves, both physically and mentally.

Essential Cuisine general manager Heather Wilde said: “We are so proud to support such a wonderful local cause. We hope that our product donation will make Steve’s life a little easier in the kitchen, eliminating sensitive areas of food safety and declarable allergens, while retaining all the attributes a kitchen-made stock should. People like Steve are making such a valuable difference and we are delighted to be able to help."

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