Many were finding it difficult to feed their families due to panic buying and supermarket queues'
More than 20,000 meals have been provided for NHS staff and other frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis thanks to the efforts of an Indian all you can eat restaurant in Leicester city centre.
Doctors, nurses, hospital porters, care assistants, East Midlands Ambulance Service crews, Leicester City Council workers, Leicestershire Police officers and many more are among those who have enjoyed the food prepared by More Restaurant, in London Road, over the past six weeks
The project was kick started with a £10,000 donation by Naresh Popat and the Leicester Charnwood Lions Club, with the Jalaram Hindu temple, in Narborough Road, and The Randal Charitable Foundation among other donors backing the project.
The buffet restaurant and its staff and volunteers have responded to the crisis - and the government's social distancing lockdown, which saw all restaurants closed to diners - by launching a takeaway and delivery service serving the local community.
Owner Manoj Keshavji said: "When the pandemic was declared the effects of Covid-19 quickly started to be felt by the whole country.
Commenting on the help the restaurant and its staff have provided, Gareth said: "This is a wonderful service and our NHS staff greatly appreciate these efforts".
A fundraising page was also created which currently has donations totalling over £5,000 from the general public.
Press Release by Dave Owen, Leicester Mercury