Isle of Wight-based specialist commercial refrigerator supplier, Vectis Refrigeration, has helped its local community during the coronavirus crisis.
The firm provided a chest freezer free of charge to Newport Congregational Church, which has hosted a pop-up soup kitchen in partnership with Age UK for over 4 years.
The organisations aim to get as many meals safely to those vulnerable and in most need at this time. The safest way to do this is in frozen food portions and so they required an appliance that could freeze the volume of food being prepared.
To help manage the situation, Vectis Refrigeration not only donated the large chest freezer but will also fully maintain it at no cost.
The church’s Rev Mark Evans commented: “This is a brilliant coming together of island business, charity and people of faith wanting to serve the islands needy at a time of crisis.”
While Will Overton of Vectis Refrigeration detailed: “I first met Rev Evans at a meeting with Foodbank and was really pleased when he contacted me to highlight the need for a chest freezer.
“It comes at a time when we are working hard with Island supermarkets and convenience stores to ensure their freezers and cold cabinets are working effectively to keep food in the best condition for customers at this time of high demand.
“So agreeing to provide and maintain the chest freezer to ensure The Congregational Church and Age UK can deliver this essential support was an easy decision for me to make.”