Throughout lockdown Monterey Jack’s a restaurant and bar in Stirling have been serving the local community and local services with food and drink donations.
Monterey Jack’s Stirling was one of the business effected by the coronavirus lockdown, however they looked at ways they could put their business to use by helping others.
They done this by supplying food and drink packages to local residents in need, those shielding, and also local key workers, including NHS staff, the fire service, and the police.
Kick starting the charity work, Monterey Jack’s set up their “Soup Program”, Monterey Jack’s said: “Starting out with our “Soup Program” – we delivered homemade soups and breads to the vulnerable and those that were shielding.”
It then led to the start of a few different programs in order to help local workers, Monterey Jack’s said: “This was closely followed by our “NHS meals and treats” programme – offering sustenance and respite to hard-pressed NHS staff.”
This was quickly rolled out to become our ‘Frontline services meals and treats” programme in recognition of all the people on the frontline contributing to the safety and well-being of our society.”
We then also initiated “coffee for heroes” where we deliver barista coffee and sweet treats to frontline workers; to say thank you for all their hard work and keeping our country going through these difficult times.”
As well as continuing our “Community Assistance Initiative” that with the help of St Pierre Bakery, we have been able to bring thousands of baked goods to local food banks, care homes and shelters that can distribute them to those that need them most.”
Monterey Jack’s didn’t just do this alone, they worked alongside a few different local Stirling business who helped with the charitable efforts.
They said: “Examples of the lovely teams we have worked with in Stirling; are The Ladies of the rock, Polmaise Community Council, Cowie Rural Action Group and the Kitchen at 44 King street in Made in Stirling – who our staff volunteers also prepared MJ’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese twice a week for their daily food larder.”
A big thank you came in response from local services due to the help they received from Monterey Jack’s.
The Community hospital is one place donations got sent to, in a statement from the NHS they said: “We have been really touched by the kindness of Monterey Jacks.
“Their tokens of appreciation have been truly amazing. We have shared the goodies with staff and patients who have been delighted with the sweets and treats.”
“We also want to say a huge thank you for their continued support which has meant so much to our staff and helped us keep cheerful and smiling in such challenging times.”
Also, another thank you came from Stirling Fire Station.
Station Commander Alistair Jupp represents the SFRS in Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Fife said: “During these challenging times it has been heart-warming to see people across Scotland come together to support others.
“Our firefighters across the country have taken on a variety of roles to help during COVID-19, including here in Stirling, where crews delivered hand sanitiser to care homes throughout the region.
“Monterey Jacks is another example of a group of people who have gone above and beyond during this pandemic.
“My thanks to them for their very kind donation of food.
“I’m sure I speak for the whole station when I say it was very much appreciated.”
While lockdown has now began easing across the country Monterey Jack’s has reopened most of their pubs, however they are still continuing their charity work and donating to help those in need.
Additionally, due to Monterey Jack’s charitable work they received a Point of Light award from the UK’s Prime Minister.
Monterey Jack’s said: “We were proud to have received an award for our charitable work during Covid-19 from our prime minister recently, details of which have been posted on our social media platforms.”
Image credit: Forth Valley NHS