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Licensee donates food to homeless

By Nikkie Sutton

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Licensee donates food to homeless

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Mark Cutter of the Robert Gillow pub in Lancaster has set up a free food scheme in the pub to help those who need it.

Following the floods in Lancaster in December 2015, people took shelter at the Robert Gillow and the pub became somewhere police were bringing flood victims.

Cutter said: "People were trying to figure out how to get across the river but then it burst its banks and we had a blackout for three days."

He explained once the power came back on, the food in their freezers had started to defrost and though still edible, they couldn't serve it in the pub so rather than throw it out, he decided the give it away.

He added: "We continued to do it and now we intercept food that would be going to waste as well as buying extra ingredients if necessary."

Trade

Cutter also explained trade had increased as a result of the scheme and it has also had an impact on employment: "By doing this, we have increased our staff and have taken on an additional full-time chef."

The idea behind the scheme is there is food for everyone and to integrate those from all walks of life in the community in the pub.

Cutter also said: "Homeless people come in along with the rest of our customers and enjoy the food.

"We are trying to create the idea that the pub is the place to be and are places where people come together."

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