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Chester-based company Wok&Go donates £2000 worth of food to the community-run Port Grocery

Local restaurant Wok&Go has just donated £2000 worth of food vouchers to The Port Grocery, the community-run food club based at Trinity Church, right opposite their Ellesmere Port branch.

“Our Ellesmere Port store manager Kelly got in touch with our Chester head office and Des Pheby, our founder, to tell us about the project and ask if there was anything we could do to support the local community,” explained Laura Harvey, operations director for Wok&Go. “Needless to say, we were all on board.”

Wok&Go donated a hundred vouchers worth £20 each to The Port Grocery so that dozens of families can use them to enjoy a hearty hot meal at their local branch. The vouchers are currently up for grab for all existing club members as well as anyone who decides to join The Port Grocery. They can be exchanged for any items from their Asian-fusion menu, from their classic noodle boxes to their vegan dishes to their new Street Food section and more. Families with children are also welcome to make the most of them, as their menu includes many kids’ boxes and options.

“We were amazed at the work that goes into this project, and special credit needs to go to its inspiring founder Rita Lewis, who has created something very special for the community.”

Wok&Go is already looking to do another donation later on in the year.

“There are so many different ways people can get involved with this heart-warming project,” added Laura. “I’d like to encourage all local businesses to visit The Port Grocery and see how they can support their community. Even if you don’t have lots of unused food, a donation for a fresh hot meal can truly make someone’s day.”

The Port Grocery Shop

Wok&Go is a local independent company based in Chester and specialising in healthy Asian-fusion fast food, cooked to order in their open kitchens. They have 15 branches across the UK and two overseas stores in Portugal. Their Ellesmere Port branch has been a staple for local Asian food since its opening in 2017, and the staff are always passionate about finding new ways to get involved with the community.

The Port Grocery was founded in 2016 to tackle the opposite problems of food waste and food poverty. Always open to everyone regardless of their income to avoid unnecessary stigma, it consists of a £5 per week membership that grants each member up to £20 worth of food. This ranges from frozen meat to fresh fruit and vegetables to canned food and much more, as well as a weekly free meal that can be consumed communally at their Wednesday Welcome event. The Port Grocery relies on unsold stock that would otherwise go to waste from shops and supermarkets or on kind donations from local businesses.