Vital Meals: Free food for those in need

Hi, my name is Ayesha and I run a London-based catering business, The Plattery (

During this difficult Covid-19 outbreak, I am cooking &  delivering free nutritious meals to the elderly, the vulnerable, children unable to access a cooked meal due to school closures, those unable to leave their homes or just anyone unable to access food for whatever reason, such as NHS staff who are not able to get to a stocked shop for example. I am also providing cakes & sweet treats to any and all Key Workers in need of a pick me up for themselves or their team. 

I normally cater for private and corporate events, specialising in Grazing Tables, Picnics & Platter boxes and I have catered for the likes of Facebook, Virgin & London Fashion Week. I have been trading for just about 6 months, have fed over 1,000 people and have made over 60 meters of sausage roll (longer than the Leaning Tower of Pisa!). Although none of that seems of great importance during this time, I thought it important that you know I am an accredited, Leiths trained chef before going further.

During this time, I have stopped all events catering and am instead providing free food to anyone who can’t feed themselves in London amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The scheme is currently being funded by 10% of The Plattery’s February profit & directly from my own pocket however, demand for the service is increasing as many people across the city need feeding and I need your help! I launched this scheme on towards the end of March and since then, I have been delivering about 50 meals a day and the list of people is growing faster than I can keep up with. 

Once the profit money runs out,  the scheme will not stop, but instead I will continue to fund the service out of my own pocket - I will not sit by while people go hungry - however, any donations to help me keep feeding people would be hugely welcome and helpful! As I currently have no income, any donation will also go towards petrol money for the deliveries & rent to ensure I can keep my kitchen space  - without a kitchen, I can't cook!

As a chef, I have the ability to help, so I really just want to use my set up to feed people given the current empty states of the supermarkets. I do not want people to feel that if they can't get to the food, that they have to ration or go hungry, or indeed if they can't get to their families, that they have no way of getting them food.

I need people to know they have somewhere to turn and I need your help to keep feeding people. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I am sending huge love to everyone out there 

- Ayesha x

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Ayesha Pakravan Ovey 
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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