Restaurant donates 100 curries to food bank and front line workers

A local restaurant has made and donated 100 curries to Kingsbridge Food Bank and front-line NHS workers. 

The donated food from the Maha Bharat in Kingsbridge

Mahi, owner of the Maha Bharat Indian restaurant in Kingsbridge, made and donated around 100 curries to staff at South Hams Hospital and Kingsbridge Food Bank. 

Mahi, whose father Amirul Islam originally opened up the restaurant in 1993, and his family are involved with different charities, often in Bangladesh, where his parents were born. During the pandemic however, he said he noticed a need closer to home. 

"The first lockdown in March really opened our eyes to the fact that even people within our society were struggling due to a lack of work", Mahi said. 

The first lockdown in March really opened our eyes to the fact that even people within our society were struggling due to a lack of work

"We also saw how hard our front-line staff have been working, especially our NHS workers. Our intention was to bring a smile to our local NHS workers by supplying them with food, which we hoped would improve their morale and reward them for their hard work. We also donated some meals to Kingsbridge Food Bank who do a brilliant job of distributing the food to the people in need."

Gerrie Messer, Co-ordinator of Kingsbridge Food Bank, said: "Thank you so much to Mahi and Mr Islam for their delivery. If any local food businesses or takeaways etc want to cook and 'box' food suitable for reheating (ding or oven) we'd gratefully take receipt of it. If there are any furloughed chefs want to offer their chefing skills - I can provide ingredients for them to cook."

In trying times such as these, Mahi is also a great advocate for using cooking as a way to improve your mood and boost your mental health. He said: "I do believe cooking and being active in general boosts your mental health. It’s also a way of bonding with your immediate family. For the people are are not working and are on furlough, this can mean they’re fairly inactive and learning to do something new will detract from their boredom. 

I do believe cooking and being active in general boosts your mental health

He added: "Our message to the South Hams is continue supporting each other. Be kind and helpful where you can. Stick with the government guidelines in order to keep not only yourself safe, but the others around you. Do a good deed and tell them to pass it on. 

"Thank you to all of our amazing customers for supporting us through this pandemic."

Thank you to all of our amazing customers for supporting us through this pandemic

Mahi and his family have expanded their father's restaurant sit 100 people, employing more than twenty people, including two of his uncles as Head Chef and Sous Chef. Maha Bharat is still providing takeaways covering a 6 mile radius, and are open from 5:30-10pm, seven nights a week. Check out their menu here, their food is delicious! 

Kingsbridge Food Bank is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, contact Gerrie on 07759 683567, Paula on 07746 937514 or use their 24 hour helpline on 07593 881633. 

- Sam Acourt, Editor

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