The Cornish Oven is urging other local food businesses to donate its food waste to the homeless during the winter months.
Ten years ago this month (October), the Cornish Pasty maker pledged to give its surplus food to homeless charities.
Since that time, volunteer Brian Tremayne has been coming to collect any leftover pasties, pastries and sandwiches from the company’s main preparation area in Pool Industrial Estate, and taking them to soup kitchens in Camborne and Truro.
He works closely with The Christian Fellowship in Blackwater, and other local church groups, to share the collections, and to ensure the food is evenly dispersed to help those in need. Partnerships with local support charities and businesses, including St Petrocs in Truro, the Salvation Army in Redruth and Coastline Housing have also been forged.
Cornish Oven MD, Giles Williams, said: “Whilst we’re always trying to ensure our shops are adequately stocked, we made a pledge ten years ago that any leftover food would be donated to a good cause. As a business we never reheat our food so it makes sense to give any surplus to the people who need it.
“As a Cornish company we feel it’s important that we support our local communities. I admire Brian’s dedication and commitment, and we’re delighted to be able to help and hope more businesses can do the same.”
If you’re a food business, and would like to donate anything, please contact Brian Tremayne on 01209 821400.