John Brownhill and his sister, Amanda, founded Food4Heroes in March this year to support their local NHS workers. Providing free, freshly prepared meals to NHS staff using local networks of pubs, restaurants and catering businesses – it’s now been scaled up to support key workers nationally.
After starting at one hospital in Yorkshire, the team will have served nearly 250,000 meals nationwide by late June. Here’s more on their journey, the response so far and what the future holds for the charity.
Pivoting existing skills to support the community
John and Amanda were not complete strangers to the world of catering before setting up Food4Heroes. Amanda ran a catering business which was not operating due to the lockdown. This closure coincided with a video of a nurse called Dawn who couldn’t buy any food after a long shift due to stockpiling.
“We saw this video and knew something had to