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A family-run catering business is giving away free meals to NHS workers and vulnerable people during the coronavirus lockdown.

Samiksha Krishna, who runs Bristol Indian Food & Sweets, said she wanted to do something to help her community during the crisis.

Since launching the free service in March, the mum-of-three has served around 500 meals, which are handed out every Tuesday.

Vegetarian curries, dals, chapatis, and rice are delivered to people’s doors by Samiksha’s husband Krishna Chand.

“We decided to cook every Tuesday for free for anyone who works for NHS or in need, especially older people who miss hot meals from their kids,” said the 39-year-old, from Downend.

“We have young kids 14, 12 and 11. It’s very important for them to see how to add value to the community during this tough time.”

The food is given out every week

Samiksha launched her catering business in 2017 when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Krishna had to return to Indian to look after her, and the family was left with no income.

“We have seen lots of hardship and we can understand during this coronavirus time what people are facing emotionally and financially as well,” said Samiksha.

“We know a lot of children can’t go and see their parents or cook for them because of the virus. It’s great to be able to help.

“When NHS workers return from a long day, they don’t want to cook.”

The good-will project is very much a family effort, with Samiksha’s niece and eldest daughter helping to prepare the food.

Anyone who is in need can order their free meal here.

Bristol chef delivering free meals to NHS workers and vulnerable people
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