Lunch club welcomes people with open arms

YCH. Eastfield Lunch Club.'YCH tenant Nick Dove enjoys lunch at the Westway Open Arms Centre with Fiona Daplyn from Sainsburys (left) and Helen Swinger from YCH (right.
YCH. Eastfield Lunch Club.'YCH tenant Nick Dove enjoys lunch at the Westway Open Arms Centre with Fiona Daplyn from Sainsburys (left) and Helen Swinger from YCH (right.

People in Eastfield are benefiting from a new lunch club thanks to the Westway Open Arms and Yorkshire Coast Homes.

The year-long scheme is aimed at providing a little weekly warmth and comfort to members of the Eastfield community who feel they might benefit from a healthy, well balanced, meal in a comfortable and friendly environment.

In partnership with the Westway Open Arms Community Project and Sainsbury’s superstore, Yorkshire Coast Homes is now providing a simple but nutritious hot lunch for up to fifty local people, every Wednesday, for up to a year.

The first lunch club session was a huge success with diners enjoying a hearty and delicious soup, created by Yorkshire Coast Homes staff, accompanied by freshly baked bread rolls supplied by Sainsbury’s.

Chief executive Shaun Tymon said, “The opportunity to launch this lunch club, in partnership with the Westway Open Arms Project, could not have come at a better time.

“We understand how hard it’s becoming for many people within our communities to put a nutritious hot meal on the table, especially throughout the winter months when rising energy payments are eroding everyone’s food budgets.

“We’re grateful to Rev Sam Foster for her enthusiasm, support and for allowing us to use her excellent dining facilities, and also to Sainsbury’s for supplying some of the ingredients for the meals that we’ll be serving.”

Fiona Daplyn, Sainsbury’s community and PR co-ordinator said: “Sainsbury’s are very happy to participate in this worthwhile project to help support the Eastfield community.”

Pictures by Kevin Allen.

Yorkshire Coast Homes tenant Nick Dove (centre) enjoys lunch at the Westway Open Arms with Fiona Daplyn from Sainsburys (left) and Helen Swinger from Yorkshire Coast Homes.

Visitors enjoy lunch at the Westway Open Arms Centre during the first lunch club session.