Compassion London, a charity established to provide meals to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis, will move its emergency response operation to London’s Wembley Stadium, which will offer up its catering facilities.

Compassion London is seeking to cook and deliver 20,000 meals per day and the charity was founded in response to the lockdown restrictions imposed following the COVID-19 outbreak. The volunteer-run foundation is providing meals to NHS staff, other key workers, individuals and families in need.

Chefs, delivery drivers and support staff are working for Compassion London seven days a week and the charity has delivered in excess of 85,000 meals during its first six weeks of operation.

Compassion London said that moving to Wembley would enable it to considerably extend jts reach. Harry Lomas, executive head chef at Wembley, and Delaware North, the stadium’s caterers, will support the charity’s operations.

Compassion London has previously been using Allianz Park, home of Premiership Rugby club Saracens, as a base for its operations.

Leon Aarts, founder of Compassion London, said: “Our purpose is the principle of no-one goes to bed hungry. We plan to cook 20,000 free meals each day cooked by chefs and delivered by volunteers. We are so thankful for the support of Wembley Stadium and the individuals who have gone out of their way to help us to help others. Our meals fuel the carers and also go to people who are struggling to eat.”

Jon Sellins, operations director at Wembley, added: “Compassion London is run by a passionate team of volunteers with a simple mission: to help others in this time of crisis. We are very pleased to be able to support them by offering up the facilities and expertise we have available at Wembley Stadium. We hope that this infrastructure will allow them to upscale their response and will mean that their meals reach even more people in need at this difficult time.”

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