RP Adam Ltd (Arpal Group) was delighted to support the Brakes Supplier Charity Golf Day on the 28th September at the world famous Celtic Manor Resort. This event, hosted by Brakes, is designed to raise as much money as possible for the Meals & More scheme, which aims to tackle child holiday hunger in the UK.
Today, in the UK, there are over 3.9 million children currently living in poverty, which is staggering when we think of the UK being one of the most affluent countries in the world. At Brakes, the leading UK foodservice business, they recognised that they could help to alleviate child poverty and particularly holiday hunger with the support of their supplier base and other industry partners. During term time, children have access to free school meals but this lifeline disappears for as long as 6 weeks at a time over the holidays.
As one of the founding supplier partners of Meals & More, Robin Leith, Managing Director of RP Adam (bottom left) dusted off the cobwebs to tee off on one of the most beautiful golf courses in the UK.
The company also provided a raffle prize for the charity fund raiser: an overnight stay for two at the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, in Skipton including a full tasting menu in the 3AA Rosette awarded Burlington Restaurant and full use of the spa during the stay. The event was a resounding success, with £70,000 raised for the Meals & More project.
Meals & More supports delivery partners to run local holiday clubs in the areas of greatest need – providing tasty, nutritious food and a range of activities for children who are most likely to feel the absence of term-time support. Combining nutritional expertise, an extensive distribution network, solid supplier relationships and industry partnerships, Brakes has created a movement to tackle holiday hunger.
Meals & More is underpinned by independent academic research at Northumbria University, which is investigating the effects of learning loss and social isolation over the holidays when children are not eating sufficiently well or frequently enough.
Together with Brakes’ considerable financial contribution (£500,000 over a five-year period), and the contributions from many commercial partners like RP Adam, fundraising not only generates money, but also raises the much needed awareness which is essential to drive a movement where everyone – public, industry, delivery partners and government – pulls together to tackle the problem.
A combined effort has already resulted in a cross-party enquiry headed up by Frank Field MP, who will be proposing the Free School Meals (Holiday) Bill to help local authorities fund holiday support, possibly funded in part by the ‘sugar tax’. RP Adam’s Sales & Marketing Director, Max Adam has been invited by Brakes to present at the next House of Commons Forum in November.
You can view the Meals & More video on our YouTube channel by clicking here.