At the end of Medina's Catering Exhibition that took place on 28th February, Helen from the Aspire Centre, Ryde, joined us to receive a hefty donation of a huge range of food and drink from our exhibitors for use in the local community.
The centre, which was previously a church, is now a community centre and venue which sees in excess of 1,000 people walk through the doors every week. It is a thriving hub of music and creative arts and is at the forefront of many projects focused around the needs of local people - including their Food For Free recycling project which sees perfectly wonderful food otherwise destined for landfill being made available to those that need it most.
The Aspire Centre made off with a massive range of goods from our ever supportive exhibitors, including fruit and vegetables from Medina's produce department, donations from the Tomato Stall, frozen foods from Innovate, Bottle Green drinks, South Downs Water, Lees, Tyrrells Crisps, jacket potatoes from Bannister's Farm, mayonnaise from Oasis, tinned goods from Martin Mathews, sliced meats from new supplier Wessex Country Gammons and a range of breads, cakes and muffins from several companies including Speciality Breads, Kara, Roberts Bakery and Bagel Nash.
Helen plans to share the hoard with the Pop Up Soup Kitchen.
We at Medina Foodservice are well known for our fundraising and support for local charities and community organisations. Only at Christmas did staff raise over £170 for the Pop Up Soup Kitchen by opting to donate rather than give Christmas cards. We put on a Charity Golf Day every September which fundraises for at least three local charities (this has raised nearly £10,000 in the last 4 years alone). Next up is probably the toughest yet (inspired by our Managing Director's achievements at Tough Mudder!) with 15 staff members all signed up for the Muddy Bull Run at Calbourne to raise money for the Joe Ellis Trust in September.
* Feature photo is courtesy of the Isle of Wight County Press.