Hospitality staff and students prepare charity Christmas dinners

Hospitality staff and students prepare charity Christmas dinners
Christmas Dinner drop off at Start-Up Stirling

Forth Valley College’s Hospitality Department once again stepped up to the plate recently to prepare 800 charity Christmas takeaway meals for the Start-Up Stirling Foodbank, The Stirling Community Enterprise and Barnardo’s.

Following on from the success of the meal preparation over the last two years which saw hundreds of takeaway three course Christmas Dinners delivered to deserving households to provide some festive cheer, FVC’s Hospitality Department were once again happy to go above and beyond in aid of good causes – which are even more in need this year due to the cost of living crisis.

Gareth Davies, FVC Chef Manager, said: “For the last few years we have been working closely at Christmas with the guys at Start Up Stirling Food Bank. Our Hospitality Department have created and delivered over 800 three course frozen meals for Start Up to hand out to their clients to ensure they have a homemade, nutritious meal to enjoy on or around the big day, and this week we have delivered again with a fantastic team effort across our three campuses.

“In a slight change to this year we are delivering similar amounts as the previous years, but not only are we supporting Start Up Stirling who have taken the bulk of the delivery, we are also delivering some to The Stirling Community Enterprise and Barnardo’s, to further our support within the local community.

“The team of staff and students really pulled together to create and package all of these dishes. We had Sarah and the team in the Falkirk refectory make the main course Turkey dinners with all the trimmings, Chef Lecturer Ruari Chatburn and his students on the NC Professional Cookery course in Alloa creating some of the soup and the others were made and individually packaged by Scott in the Stirling Refectory with the help of Hospitality Refresh students. We also had Chef Lecturer Rufaro Saunyama and the NC Bakery Students create the Sticky Toffee Pudding which tastes fantastic and a real treat for those receiving the dishes!

“I really need to take my hat off and thank all of those mentioned and the wider team who have played their part in the planning and creation of this annual project. We are all very proud to be supporting the local community again at the festive period and we look forward to continuing that support through the year ahead!”