We are delighted to announce a partnership with the renowned Applebridge Family group of businesses that will see 30,000 hot meals and free school meals delivered throughout Teesside during the six weeks of school summer term.
The aim is to produce and distribute approximately 1,000 free meals a day, for a 6-week period, to the children of families who need it the most in Teesside. Working in partnership with Middlesbrough FC Foundation, Applebridge Family have donated £40,000.00 to the event with the aim of covering the cost of purchasing food, packaging and transport to ensure a quality daily meal will reach those who require it the most.
The meals will be prepared daily at the Riverside and transported to nominated local distribution hubs, a process that will continue every weekday commencing today, Wednesday July 22, through to Friday August 28.
Applebridge are providing the food and chefs from MFC will be volunteering their time for Applebridge to cook the food in the kitchens of the Riverside Stadium, provided in-kind by Middlesbrough Football Club.
“We at the Applebridge Family were inspired by the fantastic work carried out by Marcus Rashford in successfully lobbying the government to provide 1.3-million free school meals for children over the summer holidays,” says Chris Brown, Applebridge Manager Director.
“Following a conversation between our CEO Donny Hughes and Billy Lamb, Director of Retaining UK, it was decided that the Applebridge Family would play our part, however small that may be. We hope the contribution made by ourselves and Middlesbrough FC Foundation provide some comfort to the families who struggle the most during the summer school holidays.”
Mr Brown continues: “We would like to thank Middlesbrough FC Foundation for providing the facilities of the Riverside Stadium to prepare the food, the chefs and their assistants who have volunteered their time completely free of charge and who will play a key role in preparing what will be nearly 30,000 meals across a 6-week period, and the volunteers from the Foundation and the Applebridge family who are distributing the meals from hubs in Middlesbrough.
“In addition, we would like to thank Leaders Paper Merchants, QFS Food, Wolley Bros North East and Quorn Foods for the support they have provided.”
Head of MFC Foundation Helena Bowman commented: “This is a fantastic gesture from the Applebridge family. We’re combining their logistics with our expertise to make a positive difference to so many in our communities.
“I would like to place on record my thanks for this tremendous commitment from people who are clearly likeminded. They want to help.
“Thank you also to the club (Middlesbrough FC) for the use of their kitchens and to the chefs and volunteers from both organisations who will make this happen. Also to Middlesbrough Council, who do great work with primary schools in the town centre to help make sure meals get to families who need them most.
“We’re humbled that the Applebridge Family have recognised the work we do throughout our communities and have chosen us to work with through the summer.”
The Applebridge Family are a group of businesses established in November 2013. With offices in the North East (Middlesbrough) and Yorkshire (Wakefield), the Applebridge Family businesses deliver a range of civil engineering, groundworks and multi-utility services to the house building, commercial development, and the sustainable energy sectors.
The Applebridge Family is made up of the following businesses;
ZTL Contracting (Zero to Landfill) Limited are an earthworks and remediation contractor with an annual turnover of circa £12-million. ZTL recognises the environmental challenges facing the construction industry and is actively committed to improving the local environment by applying sustainable and innovative methods and technologies.
AD Plant Hire Limited are the sole provider of plant and vehicles into the Applebridge Family businesses. With assets of over £5-million they ensure the businesses are constantly equipped with market leading, efficient and environmentally sympathetic machinery.
Applebridge Construction Limited are the core business of the family with an annual turnover in excess of £35-million providing groundworks, civil engineering and multi-utility services to regional and national clients.
Applebridge Building Services Limited (ABS) offer a range of building services to the construction industry. These include commercial and residential construction, refurbishments, bespoke joinery and fencing works. ABS play an integral part in the Applebridge Family, offering clients a turnkey solution when partnering with other businesses in the family.
Retaining UK Limited are retaining structures specialists, who not only supply and install wall systems, but manufacture a host of bespoke products that are both aesthetically pleasing and financially economic.
Tarcon Limited are a fully equipped, self-sufficient surfacing contractor, who carry out all the surfacing needs for the Applebridge Family businesses as well as working directly with clients across the North of England.