The Auckland Project - ‘Closed Doors Open Hearts’
‘Closed Doors Open Hearts’ has seen more than 10,000 frozen meals and 400 fresh hampers distributed to local people unable to access food due to financial challenges, health problems, or self-isolation during the pandemic.
Catering staff have utilised The Auckland Project’s large central kitchen to prepare and freeze thousands of meals, and are also growing produce in part of Auckland Castle’s Walled Garden. The meals are available for collection from community hubs or delivered to local people in need. Partners include Health Express; South Durham Enterprise Agency; Woodhouse Close Food Bank; Shildon Alive; and Trimdon Community Centre.
The campaign is funded and supported by County Durham Community Foundation, local elected members, Area Action Partnerships, public donations, volunteers, and suppliers.