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Thomas Franks

Posted: 29th June 2020

Frank Bothwell, founder of Thomas Franks Ltd. a contract catering company who work within independent schools, distribution centres and head offices across the UK, Ireland, Malta, and Portugal.

The Thomas Franks Foundation is working to provide support and help to those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis.

Emma Bothwell, Chair of The Thomas Franks Foundation says, ‘We are working hard to provide nutritious meals for those who most need our support at this time. Feeding children and young adults in difficult situations and food poverty is our priority and we are currently providing over 1500 meals per day via the Kitchen Social project hubs in London.

Thomas Franks Scotland

Thomas Franks Scotland, through the Thomas Franks’ Feeding Communities project, have worked tirelessly to bring to life a community kitchen project to feed the those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Our priority is to provide fresh, nutritious meals and to keep our location kitchens working for the benefit of those who most need our help at this time.

Thanks to generous donations from our clients, and some selfless volunteering from a lot of The Thomas Franks Scotland team, we have been able to support local charities by providing fresh and nutritious meals.

Since starting Feeding Communities within Scotland, we have been able to provide over 15,000 meals to vulnerable people.

Meals have been provided seven days a week to Homestart East Lothian, which is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Thomas Franks Scotland are also supporting, through the Loretto kitchen, Eat Well Age Well, they are part of the Food Chain charity, a national project tackling malnutrition in older people living at home in Scotland.

Thomas Franks’ team are also preparing, cooking and packing fresh meals at St Leonards School in St Andrews, to be delivered to Transform Community in Dundee who provide temporary support and accommodation within the city and give vulnerable people opportunities to change their lives through the development of skills and St Mary’s Community Trust, who are part of the Rank foundation in Dundee.

Thomas Franks launched ‘The Big Feed’ campaign, to provide ten thousand free meals across the UK, including Edinburgh, Dundee, Fife and East Lothian.

They provided 1500 meals to a number of vulnerable families and charities, such as Red Cross, Kirton Larder and Home Start East Lothian. These free, fresh meals were made at the kitchens of St Leonards School, St Andrews and Loretto School, Edinburgh. Thomas Franks would like to thank St Leonards School and Loretto School, as this initiative would not have been possible without them opening their kitchen enabling us to prepare meals.

Andrew Maitland, Chief Operating Officer at St Leonards, stated that ‘St Leonards is proud to support the Thomas Franks’ Feeding Communities project.  Working together with our School Caterer at this challenging time and enabling food to be created, packaged and delivered locally to families who need it the most, is a way we can make a difference.  We are delighted to continue to be involved in this initiative, wherever we can.’

Dr Graham R W Hawley, Loretto School’s Headmaster, commented, ‘We are delighted to support Thomas Franks’ Feeding Communities project – a wonderful initiative to support those who need it the most in our local community.’

Mia Gonzalez-Noda, Tayside NHS

“Working with Thomas Franks Scotland has been so easy; we couldn’t have fed the numbers in Dundee without them. The meals have been a lifeline for the people we are supporting who quite often, are caring for people themselves.”

Katy Pollock, Home-Start East Lothian

“Getting to know the team at Thomas Franks Scotland has been an uplifting experience. The meals are varied and delicious. The team have been adaptable to the various dietary needs and helped us embrace VE Day.”

Bruce Robertson, Transform Community

“It was a brilliant opportunity for people that we work with to experience what good food really tastes like. To them it was like eating out every night.”


If you require more information or want to support the Thomas Franks Feeding Communities project, please contact Kenny Leamy on 07432235013 or talktous@thomasfranks.co.uk

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