The kitchen, based at the Ryedale Community and Leisure Centre in Norton, has been supplying meals to people across the district since it opened in September 2020. And now, Jack Ashton, co-founder, has been presented with a Community Award from Mrs Venetia Wrigley, High Sheriff, for his contribution to the community during the Covid pandemic.
Mrs Wrigley herself has supplied meat from her family estate on a weekly basis to be used in the meals at the kitchen.
Jack said: “It is a great honour for Ryedale Community Kitchen, myself, and all the volunteers who have been involved over the last year to be recognised for the service we provide to our community. I was really surprised to receive the Award, and accepted it on behalf of all the volunteers in Ryedale who have helped their communities through Covid.
“Ryedale Community Kitchen, a Community Smart CIC project, brings together volunteers, charities, local businesses, and local authorities in a wonderful partnership that helps so many people and reduces food waste.
“We are lucky to have our wonderful chef, Rob Hillary, and are grateful to the Ryedale Community and Leisure Club in Norton for providing the kitchen we use. It is great to be a part of this project and the recognition from the High Sheriff is the icing on the cake!”
In the last three months the Community Kitchen has provided over 2,000 meals to vulnerable people across Ryedale, including 20% given free to those in particular need.
They have worked with North Yorkshire County Council and Age UK, Scarborough, to provide meals for their clients. Deliveries go out on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to the four corners of Ryedale via a network of volunteers.
Presenting her Community Award to Jack Ashton, the High Sheriff said: “In the time that I have been delivering meat to the Kitchen I have been impressed by how Jack has developed the project and worked hard to make it a success. I hope that it continues to thrive and provide even more support for those who need it in the future.”