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Last minute cancellations created surplus food which fed the hungry

Goodwood Races and its catering partner Levy UK, the UK’s leading sports and events business, have donated 500 food hampers to City Harvest, London’s first food redistribution charity, which rescues food for the hungry. The hampers were destined for the weekend’s racing event, which took place behind closed doors instead of with spectators following the government’s changes to lockdown guidance on Friday.

The hampers included items such as fresh salads, sausage rolls, chocolate brownies and fresh fruit. City Harvest immediately distributes these to charities throughout London, including: mental health, elderly, social isolation, children, youth, families and domestic abuse groups.

Goodwood and Levy will now also make jam from the strawberries in the hampers so they do not go to waste. The jam products will be used at the race course at a later date.

Jon Davies, Managing Director, Levy UK said:
“While we are hugely disappointed that Goodwood races have been cancelled, we understand the need to put public safety first. We are delighted that City Harvest and the communities in which they work will be benefiting from the delicious meals that were due to be served this weekend.”

City Harvest is London’s first ‘last-mile’ food redistribution charity, delivering free food to over 300 charities in London, which support 1 in 4 Londoners who cannot afford to eat. City Harvest has 3 depots in Acton and 1 in New Spitalfields Market in East London.

Laura Winningham from City Harvest added:
“We are really grateful for this fantastic food donation. Our vans will redistribute this beautiful food to those most in need. Thank you to Levy UK and Goodwood for their quick response, ensuring food did not go to waste and helping support vulnerable communities during these challenging times.”