Transforming cultural food provision for Jewish patients in hospital
Bedside Kosher was set up to provide fresh Kosher meals, including Breakfast, Shabbos & Yom Tov meals, snacks, and child-friendly options for Jewish patients in hospital.
The NHS currently provides just two kosher meals a day from a limited menu, defrosted from a stock of frozen, long-life ready meals. We are unique in offering fresh, and are working hard to improve the choices available for Jewish patients.
There is a clear and urgent need to improve the quality of kosher hospital food for Jewish patients and visitors, to make it healthier and more sustainable. We understand how a fresh, nutritious and familiar meal can improve a patient’s mental wellbeing and recovery chances and we will continue to advocate strongly on behalf of the Jewish community on the importance of keeping kosher laws whilst in hospital.
We work with the NHS to reimagine their cultural menu as part of a larger overhaul of the NHS approach to nutrition. There is work to be done, but we are leading the way in genuine change. Through our programme of work, we aim to challenge assumptions and create opportunities for policymakers and leaders of the health care system to think differently.
In 2020/21, Bedside Kosher rapidly responded to the need of our community during the worst pandemic in living memory. With a strong network of volunteers, we delivered 70,000 meals during the pandemic, giving Jewish patients three fresh meals a day.
Looking ahead, we would like to expand our services to the social care sector and other health care providers within the Jewish community. We believe in dignity and respect to vulnerable Jewish people, and we will continue to develop strategies to advocate on their behalf.
Bedside Kosher is a UK registered charity that relies entirely on financial support from individuals, community groups and businesses. We are very grateful to anyone who supports us financially. We welcome sponsorship of our meals and can offer businesses rewarding packages in exchange for their support.