6th January 2021
Many Produced in Kent members lived up to their Local Legend titles over Christmas by stepping up to help out the poor lorry drivers that were stranded in the county over Christmas.
When the borders to Europe were closed to inbound traffic on December 23rd, hundreds of lorry drivers found themselves stranded in Kent with nothing to do but wait it out.
But the good people of Kent stepped up to help feed and water them, and even deliver a little festive spirit to them all.
On Christmas day, Biddenden Vineyards delivered 2000 bottles of apple juice to Stanford highways depot for lorry drivers. They were distributed by the Gurkhas that evening.
Realising that their normal speciality might be a little chilly given the circumstances, Simply Ice Cream took blankets and mince pies to truckers stranded near their home in Bonnington
Local wholesaler & food delivery company Foodari gave fresh, local, Kentish apples to all the drivers and also provided free fruit and vegetables to one of their customers: Hythe Imperial Hotel, to support their effort to create and deliver some lovely meals for the stranded men and women.
The team at Macknade wanted to provide provisions which included fresh fruit, pies, pastries and other treats for the HGV drivers unable to cross the border at Dover. Two Macknade vans packed full with produce from Macknade’s Faversham and Ashford stores delivered goods to the Ashford International Station on Christmas Eve where Southeastern and The Salvation Army worked tirelessly over the Christmas period to distribute food to the stranded drivers.
We were only too happy to help provide some essential food and Christmas goodies to the drivers who had to spend their Christmas on the M20 this year, I hope it brought some comfort in what must have been a very difficult time for them
Comments Rosie Collins, Marketing Manager at Macknade
The Larder Catering Services worked with the Truckers from the 22 December right through to the 4th January, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and even saw the new year in with them – making sure they all could get a good meal and a hot drink, and to try and keep their spirits up.
And last but by no means least, Archie from Archies Seaglass, who had seen first-hand how dire the situation was, took it upon herself to drive to Manston on Boxing Day with sandwiches, minced pies, cooked meat, olives, water, cheeses, chocolate, biscuits and even some small shots of gin cocktails! Thankfully for the drivers, there were very few left there at that point so she went to the effort of driving all the way to Dover docks and gave the bag of food to the Police and asked them to distribute where needed. Archie said ‘They were very touched indeed but I was a bit late, but I'm sure the treats were well appreciated!’
We’re so proud of all the wonderful work our members have done for the community generally in 2020, and yet again, they really stepped up to help the truckers over Christmas. They truly are Local Food Heroes! We hope that all the customers they have helped out over the last 12 months continue to support and thank them by shopping locally as much as they can in 2021.
Says Floortje from Produced in Kent
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We're a Kent business on a mission to support local farmers and producers, by bringing quality fresh food and drink to local people and communities. We're family-run, and everyone who works for us lives in Kent - and understands the very special seasonality of the Garden of England.
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The vineyard has remained family owned and is today run by the second & third generation, drawing on many years of experience in winemaking at Biddenden.