JCB reaches milestone in initiative to provide food to those in need

JCB executive chef Alistair Rowe

JCB’S ‘food for our communities’ initiative has served up the 25,000th meal for those in need in Staffordshire.

Catering staff at the firm’s World HQ in Rocester have been preparing cottage pies, macaroni cheese and bolognese dishes for disadvantaged families and individuals across the region throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

So far, JCB said that the team has used around five tonnes of potatoes, more than 2.5 tonnes of minced beef and more than a tonne of both pasta and onions to prepare the dishes.

In India – where JCB has factories in Delhi, Pune and Jaipur – the initiatives to support local communities has seen more than 175,000 meals served up during the course of the project.

Carole Bamford, wife of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford, said, “The teams in the UK and India have done an amazing job in supporting our communities during this crisis and the provision of more than 200,000 meals has made such a positive difference to so many people.”

JCB Chef Alastair Rowe added, “This has been an extremely rewarding initiative to have been involved in knowing that it has helped so many people in our local communities.”