Jupiter lends a hand to struggling families in the school holidays

A project to help children in need during the summer holidays has been able to feed more than 180 kids and their families, and serve more than 600 meals, with a little help from Jupiter.

Spectrum D at The Mandela Centre is an community organisation that’s located in one of the most deprived areas of Derby, just two miles from the city centre, within the Arboretum Normanton ward.

It was in the wake of a Government report which revealed some children were returning to school after the summer break malnourished, underweight and, as a result, unable to fully settle back into education for several weeks, that the centre launched the No Hungry Child programme.

A vital project

Now in its second year, it was after a friend and business owner of AMB Deep Clean in Burton, raised awareness of this vital project with our CEOs Mark and Yvonne Tweddle, of Lichfield, that we offered to lend a hand by donating fruit to the cause.

Over four consecutive weeks we delivered between two to three large boxes of fruit containing a mix of apples, bananas and oranges, from our head office in Newport, Shropshire.

 The fruit was handed out by the centre to children aged from five to 14-years-old and their families.

Sonya Robotham, director of Spectrum D, said: “Thanks to the amazing support of fresh fruit from Jupiter we have been able to feed more than 600 meals this summer.

“Some of our children don’t eat fruit normally, but, with availability and encouragement, Jupiter has played an important part in helping to turn things around, and many more children have eaten fruit this summer, and taken some home for their families.

“It’s been another amazing year and we are extremely grateful for Jupiter’s contribution.”

She added: “It’s important that companies, like Jupiter, get involved in projects like this as there is a great need and a little help can make a huge, and positive, difference.

“We ran the programme from 11am until 2pm but we had children and families starting to queue up as early as 9am. Most children who benefited were from large families and most were in receipt of free school meals during term time.

“These children are the workforce and future leaders of tomorrow. Thanks to firms like Jupiter, children have returned to school ready to settle into learning again.”

Sonya revealed that from a racially diverse population in the ward, where 83 languages are spoken, this year around 32% helped by the programme had been Asian, around 30% were white, around 33% were Eastern Europe and the remaining 5% came from black families.

Delighted to help

Our CEO Mark, who is the Director of Rugby at Burton Rugby Club, said: “We were delighted to help the No Hungry Child programme and to hear that so many children and their families had benefited from our donation of fruit.

“We hope that by reading about the impact our donation has had that other companies will also be encouraged to help the programme in the future.”

Spectrum Derbyshire has also helped to kit children out with uniforms for their return to school. To find out more click here.

 Based in the UK, Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 17th in the 2018 The Sunday Times International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new varieties of grapes alongside a global supply of citrus, top fruit, stone fruit and kiwi.

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