A sustainable food project has been declared as an official emergency food solution for people in Wandsworth.
StreetCube, the project which was launched with help from MasterChef Raymond Blanc, has pledged to remain open during the coronavirus crisis while many restaurants and pubs have closed.
StreetCube is based outside the Southfields Shopping Centre.
The project operates outdoors so customers can collect food from the unique hatches which open direct to the kitchens.
The three meter distance rule applies and people can obtain nutritious food every day.
“We have 2 semi-permanent solar-powered Street kitchens in place at SouthSide piazza in Wandsworth, on Wandsworth High Street, with a third being built to cope with the demand,” said Pascal Gerrard, the project founder.
“All chefs are independent operators who are committed to using local, seasonal, organic produce.
“The StreetCube kitchens are robust, hygienic, safe and secure ~ built from up-cycled shipping containers.
“We are embarking on a free delivery service for the over 70’s as of next week as we know that many more people will be self-isolating and will not have the resources to nourish themselves.
“We are working with Wandsworth Council, food banks and Uber Eats to be able to offer a solution for people in-need.
“And we can build more StreetCube kitchens to be placed anywhere.”
Pascal has pledged to deliver StreetCube kitchens across the country for free.
Two of the StreetCube chefs, a married couple, also run restaurant Mai Thai in The Broadway, Wimbledon.
Pawara Yingviriya said: “We’re trying to stay open and send out deliveries and if people want to come in we’re waiting in the wings.
“It’s a collective community effort. We’re 35 years old and a lot of our staff have been with us a long time. We’re a family and we’re making sure we have a workplace to come back to in the future.
“At the moment we’re offering 20 per cent off Mai Thai takeaways and it’s the same on Deliveroo and Uber.
“We’re trying to put our prices down and help people who will now be earning less money. We’re all in this together.”
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