London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is supporting communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by supplying fresh sandwiches that would have been served onboard LNER services to a charity fighting food hunger.
The train operator will provide up to 5,000 sandwiches each week which will be made and delivered by Bradford based supplier Tiffin to the charity FareShare Yorkshire’s centre in Leeds.
Onboard catering has been temporarily withdrawn and the number of LNER train services reduced as part of the nationwide effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the UK.
Claire Ansley, LNER Customer Experience Director said:
FareShare is a national network of charitable food redistributors, which supports almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes.
Gareth Batty, FareShare Yorkshire CEO has welcomed the support:
Tiffin’s Key Account Manager, Steven Dunn said:
The sandwich donation is one of many ways in which LNER is supporting communities along the East Coast route. As well as linking up with FareShare nationwide, LNER is also working with a number of other charities and organisations to provide help and support to key workers and those most in need.
- More than 500 eggs that would have been used for First Class LNER breakfasts were donated to Matt Healy ‘X The Foundry’ in Leeds to make Yorkshire Puddings included in lunch for hundreds of NHS frontline staff.
- LNER is also supporting Food Revival in Leeds.