COVID-19 Kickstarts Meals Service in Ryedale

by Jared Smith

A new service providing freshly cooked meals to vulnerable and elderly people across Ryedale has been launched following its success durixng the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Smart CIC has launched Ryedale Community Kitchen, offering reasonably priced meals to people who find it difficult to get out to shop or simply want the convenience of a cooked meal without the need to turn the cooker on!

Director from Community Smart, Di Keal, said:

Having provided hundreds of meals over the last few months to people who were shielding, we found that as lockdown eases, there are still people in Ryedale who want to continue to receive our meals for a variety of reasons, including ongoing concern about Covid19. […] We were lucky to receive funding during the pandemic to provide our free meals to individuals, couples, and families. We have now moved to a paid for service, but as a CIC still provide 20% of our meals free to people in need of our support.”

Chef Andy Lodge, based at the Ryedale Community and Leisure Centre in Norton, produces meals three days a week, which are then delivered by volunteers across Ryedale. 

Community Smart director, Jack Ashton — who also works on the kitchen project — added:

We are delighted by the response from people who receive our meals and hope to expand the service to more customers across the district in the coming weeks and months. We use fresh, local ingredients to create dishes that everyone can enjoy. […] In these still very uncertain times we believe we are providing a service that local people really value, and it is important to us to still be able to give back to the community via the 20% of meals given away free.”

For further information contact Jack on 07988 245859. Or contact Di at or by calling 01653 694546.


(Addendum: See our previous article on when the Ryedale Volunteer Network first “stepped up” back in April:

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