Top French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain has offered to deliver 25,000 fresh, homemade meals by food truck to healthcare staff in hospitals in the city as part of efforts to figh the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the statement posted on its official website, the League 1 club announced that up to 1,200 meals a day for carers would be prepared free-of-charge in the Parc des Princes kitchens with the help of 60 volunteers from the matchday food trucks of the Street Food on the Move charity.
“Since the very start of the health crisis, Paris Saint-Germain has put their facilities such as the stadium and club vehicles at the disposal of charities and institutions, as requested by chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Volunteers from the Street Food on the Move (Street Food en Mouvement) charity have been rolling up their sleeves in the Parc des Princes kitchens since 9th April, organising daily food deliveries from the stadium to staff at Greater Paris University Hospitals via four food trucks.
The chairman and CEO said: “We are going through an unprecedented global crisis, and Paris Saint-Germain is proud to play its part by mobilising its community and providing real assistance to those who are on the front line every day. They are true heroes, and we hope to continue showing our gratitude at the Parc des Princes when we are able to return there. We are all lining up alongside them in this battle.”
The project has delivered over 5,000 meals to seven different Greater Paris University Hospitals with the help of 60 volunteers who do shifts in the Parc des Princes kitchens seven days a week.
Each day, a team of 12 volunteers chooses and prepares one of the chefs’ recipes, with the main courses, desserts and drinks delivered free-of-charge to the Greater Paris University Hospital staff by food truck between 11am and 3pm or from 6pm to 10pm.
In total, 25,000 meals will be delivered to healthcare staff, with the project funded through the sale of 1,500 special Paris Saint-Germain TOUS UNIS (All Together) jerseys.
France is among the most hit countries. The pandemic has infected 2,165,500 people worldwide, with 550,453 recoveries and 145,705 deaths