Hobart and Meiko have provided an end-of-year update on the progress that has been made since they launched an industry initiative earlier this year to pass redundant catering equipment onto charities.
The pair said the venture has gathered pace since it was introduced in July, with a number of brands and support suppliers getting involved to ease the catering burden for charities across the UK.
A variety of charities have so far benefitted from the generosity of the catering companies that have volunteered their support.
18 redundant food waste grinders have been offered to charities catering for the elderly. To date, six have been fabricated into tabling and benches — with six more in the pipeline — by Corsair Engineering, whose managing director Arun Sahajpal volunteered his company’s support.
Delivery of these items, as well as other surplus catering equipment, has been volunteered by Keith Elkington Transport.
In Manchester, at the Victoria Community & Youth Centre a new heavy domestic six-burner gas range has been installed, courtesy of Hobart and Meiko, which has made a big difference to the charity. “The donation of the range means we can offer a ‘lunch club’ hot meal to elderly people on the bread line,” said community development worker Claire Rogan.
Rayners Catering Equipment Hire, meanwhile, came up trumps for HMP Send women’s prison, after items were needed for cooking classes taken by offenders looking to gain employment in the catering and hospitality industry upon their release.
Rayners donated two pallet loads of kit, including many items of much-needed small equipment, such as food mixers, saucepans, utensils, crockery, a salamander and a small fridge.
“This has dramatically changed the course as the students can use professional catering equipment that they will see and use in the workplace,” said Andrew Shucksmith who teaches the diploma in professional cookery at the prison.
Other charities to have beenfited from the tie up include AgeUK, which has been provided with food waste grinders and dishwashing equipment for its various sites around the country.
In Leciester, the charity was supplied with an ECO545 hood type dishwasher, while Victor Manufacturing donated a hot cupboard.
The Holy Cross Centre Trust, based in King’s Cross, London, has also seen how the initiative can be of help after gaining a new dishwasher.
Admin and finance manager, Jonathan Bowles, said he was delighted with the installation of the kit and the service from the engineer: “He was helpful and went above and beyond to help us out. Rather than just say we didn’t have enough water pressure, he kindly ran an additional supply and double checked all of the other services, recommending an electrical upgrade.”