Wheelers in Derry teams up with Foyle Foodbank via Suspend a Meal scheme

Foyle Foodbank is to benefit from a ‘wonderful initiative’ recently launched by Wheelers restaurant in Derry.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:20 am

The popular restaurant on the Strand Road are now offering a ‘Suspend A Meal’ service.

Customers who wish to do so, can ‘suspend a meal’ by paying for a food and/or drink of their choice and the voucher will be placed on the donation tree.

As part of the initative with the Foodbank, anyone who is in need within the local community can then ask to use one of the vouchers for a suspended meal, which they will not pay for.

Left, James McMenamin, manager, Foyle Foodbank, and right, Patrick Kennedy, manager and owner of Wheelers.

In addition, Wheelers will also match the monies paid in suspended meals and issue that amount in vouchers to Foyle Foodbank.

Patrick Kennedy, manager and owner of Wheelers, said they have been working alongside the foodbank for a while and see the need within the community.

“Derry people are always really generous and I thought this would be a good idea.

“I really hope it will take off and we’ll be able to do this alongside Foyle Foodbank for a long time.”

James McMenamin, Foyle Foodbank manager, said they are ‘delighted to be involved in this wonderful initiative which has been set up by Patrick and his team at Wheelers’.

”The donations and food vouchers which are collected through the ‘Suspend a Meal’ service will make a big difference to those who are suffering in the local community.

“We have seen a huge rise in demand for the foodbank over the past few months. February 2021 saw us provide over 1,500 local families with support, showing how vital the service is.

“We can’t thank everyone at Wheelers enough for their continued support.”

The Foyle Foodbank also recently teamed up with well known TV presenter Joe Mahon and a talented local production team to make a video raising awareness of the work and services they provide.

The video was recorded at the Foodbank in Springtown Industrial Estate, and showcases the real commitment and dedication of volunteers and staff.