Warminster-based servicing firm National Facilities Management has donated and installed a new commercial kitchen for local charity, FoodCycle Bath.
The project was carried out with the assistance of Concept Catering, which donated all of the fabrication, and Glastonbury Festival Events, which financed the dishwasher.
The charity was set up to tackle food waste and food poverty by creating weekly three course meals for the homeless and vulnerable in the Bath area.
When National FM’s MD Geoff Mitchell read an article in his local newspaper about FoodCycle Bath, he knew he wanted to support it, as well as his own firm’s Something Beautiful scheme, created to support the mental wellbeing of his staff.
Mitchell attending FoodCycle Bath, based in St Mary’s Catholic Church hall; met with the volunteers and saw the issues they faced in the old kitchen.
Mitchell explained: “We wanted to help support the great work the volunteers did, so hoped that by providing a new kitchen, it would allow the volunteers to spend less time in the kitchen preparing the food and more time interacting with their guests.”
Cooking project leader Laura commented: “We’re so happy to have the kitchen. There’s more space to prepare everything, additional storage space which means we can be more efficient and the dishwasher especially, is amazing.
“It’s saved us so much time and is far more hygienic, compared to when we used to have to wash everything up by hand.”
Another volunteer commented: “The new kitchen is so sleek and streamlined, like a racehorse. The production line is far more efficient.”
Between January and September 2019, 240 FoodCycle Bath volunteers have served 1,054 guests and have utilised 5tons of surplus food donated by local supermarkets. A recent survey carried out by FoodCycle Bath ascertained that 65% of their guests felt more confident and 88% of them now feel more part of the local community since they started attending.