Standex Food Service Equipment has enjoyed success in securing new customers and, as a result, the company has been able to use its good fortune to help make life a little easier for some of its local community.

In one week recently Standex FSE’s Development Chef, Darren Massey, cooked over 350 kilograms of chicken, pork and rib joints and sausages for menu testing and tasting for two new clients.

One of the problems faced after such massive cook off programmes is what to do with the cooked food. Stringent Health & Safety regulations mean that any cooked food used for human consumption must be prepared and stored under the very strictest HACCP guidelines.

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Darren contacted the Salvation Army Reading Central Church who were able to accept the donations because of Standex FSE’s careful attention to detail.

Managed by Majors Iain and Alison Hudson, the Reading Central Church has a fellowship of several hundred from a variety of age groups and backgrounds. It provides a number of community focused initiatives, including ladies’ meetings, an over 60s club, parents and toddlers, craft club, youth club, walking fellowship, jumble sales, lunch club and bible studies.

Major Iain Hudson explained that some of his parishioners are less fortunate than others: “Our flock includes some very large families and people who struggle to make ends meet. The donation of the cooked food from Standex was like manna from heaven for a number of our congregation. We are all very grateful.”

Darren Massey added: “It is rewarding to know that we have helped members of our community through the medium of food and cooking. We are proud to support the Salvation Army in its sterling work amongst the needy.”

Now that Standex has established the relationship with Major Hudson, the company will continue food donations to the Reading Central Church whenever possible.

For further information on the Salvation Army Reading Central Church, visit

For further information, contact Standex Food Service Equipment:
Tel: 0870 990 4242

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