Food provision is always critical, but most of us are just realising how easy it is to take these incredible services and those who provide them for granted.
In our household, my mother is vegan and my father and I are vegetarian with vegan aspirations. Therefore, despite being open less than a year, Hank’s Deli fast became one of our local favourites, either to dine in, take away or restock.
When news of the lockdown broke, we wondered if our vegan essentials would still be accessible, especially when panic buying began to peak. However, it has been incredible to watch Hanks instinctively and rapidly adapt their usual business into a full deli / grocery shop as Peninsula Vegan Foods. From a complicated start of Facebook and email orders to a streamlined online shop – you are encouraged to collect if able, but free deliveries are made to many areas of Suffolk if you are unable to get to the shop.
Their social media pages are updated daily with the new stock, and it’s exciting to see what new offerings are available. It makes you feel connected to where your food comes from!
We have begun using them to restock essentials, as well as finding new items to get creative with, as much as we are able to. It really helps avoid the big queues in main supermarkets and we take comfort in knowing there’s no need to double check labels. It’s also keeping it local and supporting a small business.
Hank’s are continuously adapting and listening to the demands of customers. For example, my mother enquired if they had any asparagus available and within two days, they had sourced some. It’s great to see such excellent community spirit and care for customers.
We also live near The Steamboat Tavern pub and in a strange turn of events my cousin, who lives in Bristol and works for the NHS, received a message from a friend working at Ipswich Hospital excitedly sharing that hospital staff had received a very delicious delivery of meals from The Steamboat. She passed it on to us knowing we were locals to the pub and thought we’d enjoy hearing it. It definitely made us smile. This is another mighty fine example of giving back with an act of kindness, and it’s refreshing to see that community spirit shining through.
We would love to hear your stories on excellent community spirit – be it food suppliers going that extra mile, or some other acts of kindness. We want your stories!