A SUBWAY in Stairfoot which has delivered hundreds of food parcels during lockdown and helped to feed rough sleepers has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

Staff at the local branch have been praised for their generosity and selflessness within their community by providing free food to those who need it most.

The store has delivered hundreds of food packages, fed the homeless, donated food to local care homes and provided free meals to the armed forces and emergency services throughout the pandemic.

Sunil Mehan, the owner of the shop, has said the store is fortunate enough to give back thanks to public support.

He said: “We’ve always done as much as we can for the local community and we’ve seen firsthand how much people appreciate small gestures.

“The store is in a fortunate position thanks to the people of Barnsley who have always backed us.

“That’s why we try and do as much as possible to support them in the same way people do for us.

“Especially this year, we knew there would be people struggling in silence and it can be difficult to reach out – but we try to do everything discretely.

“I know we have a big branch name over our door, but we hope to be more of a local community group where we can.”

The team also donate funds to local schools, charities and clubs and food parcels are delivered to local foodbanks regularly.

The staff’s efforts have landed the store a nomination in the Exception Achievement category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

Sunil added: “It’s a total surprise to be nominated in all honesty – but for someone to think of us enough to put us forward is great.

“We’ve been keeping up with the nominations and can’t believe we’re in the same category as these people and groups.

“If this helps us spread the word further and help others then it’ll all be worth it.

“The smallest gesture can hopefully mean much more to those who need and deserve it.”