Valentine Equipment has assisted a community group which helps to feed healthy meals to children in deprived areas in Bristol.
The supplier received a private Twitter message from Paul Clifford, director of Fat Dads Community Kitchen, explained that the group planned to be a vehicle for change, working with youth organisations, including supporting the ‘No Child Goes to School Hungry’ campaign.
Using a specially adapted American school bus as a mobile kitchen, the initiative is working to provide meals to the most vulnerable and, with the support of FareShare South West and other commercial kitchens, to eliminate food waste in and around the Bristol area.
Valentine and sister company Cuisinequip were keen to find out more about this new community interest company and how they could help.
Hearing Clifford’s plans to collaborate with local community leaders to bring the food of many different ethnic groups to the fore, breaking down barriers through a shared love of food and, hopefully, giving impetus for some to pursue a career in catering, the team at Valentine and Cuisinequip wanted to get involved.
With further plans to promote healthy eating workshops at community events and to provide a safe environment for vulnerable people to develop their personal and professional skills, quality kitchen equipment was a must for the community kitchen, and was an area where Valentine felt it could assist.
Since Clifford’s initial Twitter message, Fat Dads Community Kitchen has been in regular contact with Valentine and Cuisinequip and it has now taken delivery of plug and play kitchen equipment that Valentine and Cuisinequip hope will be invaluable to Clifford and his team.
After receiving the donated kitchen equipment this month, Clifford said: “We reached out to many manufacturers of equipment and we were delighted to receive two wonderful pieces of equipment from Valentine Fryers, which will help us not only to keep our initial costs down but to provide us with the tools required to function.
“We have been so humbled by the kindness of others and we want to say a huge thank you to Lorna and the staff at Valentine Fryers for their unwavering support to our community interest company.”
Bob Witherall, MD of Valentine Equipment and Cuisinequip commented: “We were delighted to be able to support Paul and the team at Fat Dads Community Kitchen by donating equipment that we hope will serve them for many years to come and we look forward to hearing more about the positive contribution that Fat Dads Community Kitchen makes to the people of Bristol.”