The European Pizza and Pasta Show, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Equipment among others, is joining efforts with UK leading charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust, as well as industry organisations The British Sandwich Association and The Café Society UK, to raise awareness and alleviate hunger and food insecurity in the UK.
The exhibition, planned for 15-16 November 2017 at Olympia London, will be home to 200+ exhibitors, 1000+ brands and will host in excess of 5,000 trade buyers.
FareShare is a food redistribution charity with over 20 years’ experience. Through its work last year it was able to save over 12,000tonnes of food, which equates to 26m meals provided to vulnerable people through 5,589 different charities and community groups.
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO, commented: “We are delighted to be named as charity partner for the European Pizza & Pasta Show. This partnership is valuable for us in two ways. Firstly, food that becomes surplus at the end of the show will be made available to FareShare, so that we can redistribute it to local charities. Additionally, we will benefit from exposure to food businesses that both exhibit and attend the show, helping to spread the word about the work we do to tackle food waste and hunger to key audiences.”
The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where 13m people live below the poverty line. In the last year Trussell Trust foodbanks handed out over 1.1m 3 day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. The Trust also works with foodbanks to provide a range of new services like nutrition and budgeting courses, money advice and fuel relief, thereby helping people to break the cycle of poverty.
Corporate partnerships manager Andrew Mallinson said: “The Trussell Trust is delighted to be one of two charities supported by The European Pizza and Pasta Show. Through our partnership with the European Pizza & Pasta Show not only will Trussell Trust foodbanks in south west London benefit by being able to collect long-life foodstuffs left by exhibitors at the event, but The Trussell Trust will also benefit by both raising awareness of the work we do in delivering emergency food relief to people in crisis.”
Slava Blagoeva-Duschell, MD of The European Pizza and Pasta Show, added: “FareShare and The Trussell Trust are at the forefront of the war on hunger and poverty in the UK. I believe in the positive social consciousness of our industry. United we can make a lasting impact.”