We are Cook-19, a volunteer-led not-for-profit project making sure no NHS worker goes without during the COVID-19 outbreak.
NHS staff are risking their health to work around the clock, protecting our families and friends. As a result, many NHS staff are unable to get to the shops during designated hours.
Even more worryingly, if NHS staff become infected, they must go home immediately to isolate for 7 - 14 days; most of the time – to an empty fridge. We are trying to help them.
Since having her work cancelled, Cook-19 Founder Lulu Dillon started making home-cooked meals for NHS workers for free. Initially, she paid for the ingredients herself, but has received many generous donations which have allowed her to keep cooking and assembling care packages with supplies that NHS workers are struggling to find. In just a few days, Lulu had cooked and delivered vital supplies to 8 COVID-19 doctors, 4 ICU nurses and 3 ICU physios.
The word got out and Lulu’s friend, neighbour and chef, Angela Hartnett joined the force. Separately in their homes, the duo has been cooking fresh, nutritious portions of food to be sent along with care packages, including: toilet roll, pasta, rice, shampoo, even Easter eggs!
Whatever they could find. In just a week, Lulu and her team delivered over 100 meals to NHS workers in and around the London area.
The requests for help from NHS workers are growing by the day and we need your help.
From Monday 30 March, thanks to the generosity of Smart Hospitality, we are scaling up our operations and relocating to South Bermondsey. Here, teams of volunteer professional chefs, packers and drivers will be assembling care packages in line with social distancing measures (find further details below).
The service we provide is entirely free of charge, so we are appealing to the general public and UK businesses for donations and support.
If you can donate and deliver surplus food, drink, care products, toiletries, funds or time to our cause, or know of others that can, please get in touch!
A note on Cook-19 safety during COVID-19
It is an absolute necessity for us to run our operation safely and responsibly. As such, from Monday 30 March, to ensure even greater health and safety and our ability to scale up as our demand increases, we will be cooking at Smart Hospitality (an outside catering premises) or from Café Murano Bermondsey, following all the correct UK government Guidelines and Criteria.
The kitchens will be kept to the highest level of hygiene and safety by dedicated out-of-work hospitality professionals. We will be advised of any recipient’s dietary requirements ahead of their drop and all dietary requirements will be labelled accordingly.
Everything that we are doing is in strictest adherence to NHS guidelines. All our cooking, volunteering, packing and delivering protocols are now totally isolated and contactless, and have been developed with the help and advice of some of our previous recipients who are NHS Doctors on COVID-19 wards.