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CHARITY WITH FRESH MONTGOMERY

As part of its ongoing commitment to both the markets we serve and sustainability, Fresh Montgomery actively supports a number of charitable organisations.

SPRINGBOARD CHARITY

Fresh also works in partnership with the Springboard Charity. Springboard co-organises The Big Event gala dinner & charity auction at Hotelympia, The Hotelympia 10k and Hotelympia's widely respected Hospitality Student's Visiting Programme. In 2016 we raised over £70,000 for this worthwhile charity.

The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential and nurtures unemployed people of any age into work. Springboard has supported the young, the unemployed and those facing barriers to work into sustainable employment in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Springboard provides a range of opportunities for sustainable employment, or vibrant careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism through.

Springboard equips people with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential and also works closely with the industry to help attract more talent and address skills shortages. In doing so, it has the support of over 180 different industry establishments and suppliers.

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HOSPITALITY ACTION

For many years Fresh has supported Hospitality Action, the hospitality industry benevolent charity, via various initiatives at exhibitions and evening events.

Established in 1837 Hospitality Action, the Hospitality Industry Benevolent Organisation, has offered vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis. Hospitality Action supports people suffering from life altering illnesses, experiencing poverty, bereavement and domestic violence as well as retired from the industry who may be isolated

All the momey raised by Hospitality Action goes towards grants for essential items including food, equipment and central heating, supporting our often isolated and lonely retired hospitality workers as well as running educational seminars advising catering students of the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse.

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FARESHARE

At IFE13, Fresh Montgomery donated enough food to FareShare to provide approximately 83,000 meals for people in need.

FareShare saves good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. The food they redistribute is fresh, quality and in date surplus from the food industry and the charities they work with can be found across the UK.

Last year they redistributed enough food for 16.6 million meals. But it's about more than meals. The organisations they supply food to - from breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children, to homeless hostels, community cafes and domestic violence refuges – are places that provide life changing support, as well as lunch and dinner.

As a member of both the European Federation of Food Banks and The Global FoodBanking Network, FareShare is part of a global movement working to alleviate hunger by capturing surplus food and delivering it to the people who need it.

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THE TRUSSELL TRUST

As part of our commitment to reducing waste of food and the other materials associated with delivering an exhibition; Fresh co-ordinates a scheme at each of its shows, where exhibitors donate unwanted materials to charities local to each venue. Organisations involved in this scheme include the Trussell Trust, Richard House Hospice for children in East London and Action Against Hunger.

13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food.

The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 420 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.

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JUST A DROP

Just a Drop is a water aid charity set up by Fiona Jeffery OBE 18 years ago. Our mission is to reduce child mortality by delivering clean, safe water where it is needed most across South America, Africa and Asia.

Project work has ranged from installing rainwater harvesting tanks in schools to constructing sand dams and latrines, as well as introducing health and sanitation training. Whatever we do, we try to ensure that we find the right solution for each community.

For more information on Just a Drop’s work, please visit our website – or, if you wish to donate to Just a Drop

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