Caring Caterers must be applauded for their philanthropy. It’s quite difficult to discover which caterers are helping others, but here are a further five caring caterers that I have found.
Dishoom is an excellent example of a caring caterer. It is an Indian restaurant chain that has donated over five million meals to charity since it started its ‘Meal for a Meal’ initiative. It is helping to feed school children both in the UK and abroad.
In 2015, during Ramadan, Dishoom began working with Magic Breakfast to help them end hunger as a barrier to education in the UK.
Magic Breakfast is a charity with one objective – to make sure no child starts their school day too hungry to learn. It’s unbelievable that, in the UK, more than half a million children arrive at school too hungry or malnourished to learn!
Naved Nasir, the executive chef of all the Dishoom sites, explained “We have this philosophy of Zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, which is the idea of selfless giving” – so they came up with the idea of a ‘Meal for a Meal’ initiative.
In addition, for every lunch and dinner eaten at each of the Dishoom restaurants, one child in India gets a school lunch in return, through the charity Akshaya Patra.
Another example of a caring caterer is the Mindful Chef. Every time a meal is purchased from Mindful Chef they donate a meal via ‘One Feeds Two‘. This is a charity that funds a school meal for a child in poverty. They also provide school meals for children in the world’s poorest communities in Malawi to facilitate education. The meals are locally sourced supporting local farmers.
Mindful Chef have donated more than one million school meals to children living in poverty.
The Hawksmoor is another prime example of a caring caterer. It supports the campaign ‘Love Food Give Food’ run by the charity Action Against Hunger. They add 50 pence to their dessert of the month and have raised over £1 million since 2007.
Carluccios is an Italian restaurant chain who also support Action Against Hunger. They donate 50 pence from each sale of their popular Penne Giardiniera dish, and this caring caterer has raised in excess of £1.2 million.
Since 2016, the Tas Restaurant Group has been working in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. This charity raises vital funds to support seriously ill children and their families. This caring caterer runs numerous events and initiatives to raise funds for the charity.
It is a sad reflection of the times we live in that there is hunger in the UK and abroad, and also that children’s hospitals need to raise funds to support their seriously ill patients. Caring Caterers help to plug the gaping hole in our welfare safety net and our cash stricken NHS, as well as helping others abroad living in abject poverty. In a previous blog I gave examples of how caterers and food bloggers could help. I would love to hear from you if you can suggest other ways caterers can help. Additionally, if there are other caring caterers that I have not mentioned and could be added to our showcase of caring caterers please let me know.