Glasgow restaurant supports homelessness charity

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Glasgow Airport eatery Frankie & Benny’s has donated dozens of sets of crockery to a local ‘starter pack’ charity.

A recent change of crockery supplier left the restaurant with hundreds of surplus plates, bowls, saucers and cutlery – all brand new and still boxed. Rather than simply dispose of the crockery and cutlery, the restaurant’s manager Graeme Emslie asked Glasgow Airport’s sustainability team if they knew of any way the dining sets could be put to good use.

The airport’s sustainability assurance manager Kirsty Webster explained, “As a responsible business we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and being a good neighbor. We were determined not to just dispose of the cutlery sets as there were so many of them and they were brand new. Luckily, one of my colleagues told me about the charity Starter Pack Glasgow, which is based in Govan.

“The charity helps new tenants, many of whom have been previously homeless, get started with household items they may struggle to afford when moving into a new home.

“It was a win-win situation really. We were delighted that staff from Starter Pack Glasgow were happy to take all the items and put them to use, and in doing so, Glasgow Airport could further cut down on waste.”

Gavin Dunbar, general manager at Starter Packs Glasgow, said, “We are so very appreciative of the donation of crockery. We’re supporting 25-30 households per week currently, and with every pack containing a minimum of four place settings to help people settle into their new homes, this is a huge help to us in supporting folks making a fresh start.”

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Tara has worked for UKi Media & Events since 2013, initially as a freelancer. She has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a range of publications, including Personnel Today, Management Today and The Grocer.

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