The Antonio Carluccio Foundation will make grants of up to £500,000 this year to support hospitality businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic, MCA’s sister Magazine Big Hospitality reports.

Funds will be made available in support of emergency feeding and initiatives involving or benefitting the sector.

Charities working in these areas will be invited to apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The Foundation has already made a £20,000 donation to its existing partner The Clink – which is helping ex-offenders in the industry affected by the pandemic through its Clink Graduates Emergency Fund – as well as a £10,000 donation to St Petrocks, an Exeter-based charity providing support for the city’s homeless and vulnerable.

“In these terribly difficult times we want to provide as much support as we can to challenge the impact of COVID-19 both here and in Italy and we have no doubt that Antonio would have wanted the same,” said Simon Kossoff, trustee and CEO of The Antonio Carluccio Foundation.

Established in 2017, the Foundation aims to provide the resources, training and development needed by disadvantaged chefs entering the hospitality industry, as well support for charities and NGO’s in alleviating hunger worldwide.

The Foundation is encouraging those wanting to either donate or seek support to do so through its website