When it’s Thyme to help, caterer delivers
EVERYONE HAS GOTTEN BEHIND US, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY YOU GUYS THERE IN SHEPPARTON. — RENEE PATSIAOURAS
More than 400 meals were cooked for Shepparton residents after two Melbourne businesses put out a call to their customers for help.
Catering business Olive and Thyme Catering and events business Willow Tree Events asked their customers and Instagram followers for donations to make up meal boxes for Shepparton families.
Their followers came forward in droves, with 95 boxes of meals cooked at the weekend and delivered to Shepparton families yesterday.
Each box contains either a lasagne or Greek pastitsio, Greek salad and garlic bread — enough to feed a family of four to six people.
Olive and Thyme owners Renee and Ilias Patsiaouras and two of their staff made all the meals at their catering business’s commercial kitchen at the weekend, and Mrs Patsiaouras drove them to Shepparton yesterday.
In the meantime, Willow Tree Events owner Racha Sleiman collated a list of isolating families who needed meals and organised for volunteers in Shepparton to deliver them fresh.
Mrs Patsiaouras said she and her husband had a “big love” for Shepparton and wanted to do something to help residents through the crisis.
She said the number of orders from customers who wanted to get behind the idea sky-rocketed.
“People ordered four or five boxes, one person ordered 10,” she said.
“We didn’t expect to have so much response. Everyone has gotten behind us, and more importantly you guys there in Shepparton.”