The contract caterer Sodexo has partnered with The Soho Sandwich Company to feed some 50 Covid-19 test centres. The Soho Sandwich Company is one of London’s leading producers of handcrafted artisan sandwiches, providing food for Sodexo at major events such as Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot.
They will provide the testing teams with breakfast options, sandwiches, wraps, healthy snacks, salads and ‘heat to eat meals’ such as curries, chilli and pasta dishes, with vegan and gluten-free options also being available. To date, over 190,000 meals have already been provided to Sodexo-managed testing centres.
Dan Silverston, CEO for The Soho Sandwich Company, said: “Back in March, no one could have predicted the impact coronavirus and the national lockdown was going to have on our sector. Within five days, we watched sales plummet by over 70% as our clients closed their sites down. It is a real privilege that we are now supplying our full range to almost 50 Covid testing centres nationally.
“Due to the speed at which the testing centres were opening, it was incredibly difficult to forecast volumes, so we had to be agile and react quickly. At one point, Sodexo was mobilising 20 Covid testing centres within 48 hours, and we were there to ensure that when it opened, food was available for the teams at each site.”
Ben Dutson, divisional executive chef for Sports and Leisure for Sodexo, added: “We have worked with The Soho Sandwich Company for four years now and wanted them to provide food to our teams at the testing centres. We know that they take great pride and care in selecting the ingredients for their products.”