Leading Scottish wholesaler, JB Foods, has supported one of its country’s biggest fundraising events to help tackle homelessness in Scotland by volunteering as an official catering partner. The wholesaler was also supported in its efforts by its foodservice buying and marketing group, Caterforce.
The companies helped the social enterprise, Social Bite, by playing a leading role at Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Sleep in the Park last month, supplying the fundraising events with essential catering supplies.
Over 10,000 people turned out to spend the night outside across Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow with the number believed to be the world’s biggest sleep-out event. JB Foods spent the night at the Edinburgh site in Princes Street Gardens and at Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow.
With donations from Caterforce of its own-label Chefs’ Selections products, together the two companies provided thousands of people with hot drinks throughout the night.
Charlotte Thompson of JB Foods said: “We supported Sleep in the Park last year, which was its first year, and it has already grown to become one of the world’s biggest events of its kind. It’s fantastic that this takes place across four cities in Scotland and is calling for an end to homelessness in our country. For this reason, it’s an easy decision for us to support the cause where we can.”
Nick Redford, Managing Director at Caterforce, said: “The event is an innovative way to raise awareness of the difficulties homeless people face. We were made aware of Sleep in the Park’s good work through JB Foods. To help support our member in its CSR efforts and an extremely worthy cause in Social Bite, we supplied essential items to help those who were challenged to spend an extremely cold night outside.”
Sleep in the Park is organised by Social Bite, a not-for-profit organisation which is building a collaborative movement to end homelessness in Scotland.