St Petrock's staff and Exeter Cathedral School's Head of Catering, of Thomas Franks
From School Kitchens to Helping Hands: Exeter Cathedral School’s Community Fights Food Poverty alongside St Petrock’s

Exeter Cathedral School’s catering providers, Thomas Franks Ltd, have a remarkable initiative: Feeding Communities. The mission? Prepare and deliver hot and cold meals to the UK and Europe’s most vulnerable.

To date they’ve delivered more than 1,000,000 meals, and the school is proud to have helped meet this incredible milestone by offering specially-prepared meals each week to their friends and neighbours on the Cathedral Green, St Petrock’s.

Peter Stephenson, Director of St Petrock’s, writes:

“This partnership with Exeter Cathedral School is a fantastic example of the way the local community supports St Petrock’s. And there is something especially beautiful about the way both the school staff and pupils have played a part over the years in preparing food every week for our homeless clients. These meals always go down a storm and help make life a little bit more bearable for those who have nowhere to call home in our city. A huge “thank you” to everyone involved.”

Sharing this commitment to community is James Featherstone, Headmaster of Exeter Cathedral School. He comments, “We’re delighted to be working with our catering providers Thomas Franks to support the important work of St Petrock’s, and pleased to be able to provide some hot food each week to those in our city who need it most.

We’re a city-centre school and are committed to being an engaged and active part of our community. Character Education, looking out for others, and contributing positively to the world around us are not bolt-ons here – they have been part of the fabric of our school for the last 800 years or so, and this partnership with Thomas Franks and St Petrock’s perfectly exemplifies that ethos.

It allows our pupils to see the impact that even small acts of kindness can have, and it fosters a sense of social responsibility that they will carry with them throughout their lives.”

This collaboration between Exeter Cathedral School, Thomas Franks and St Petrock’s demonstrates the power of community spirit in tackling food poverty. By working together, they are ensuring that some of Exeter’s most vulnerable residents have access to nutritious and comforting meals.

You can find out more about the work of St Petrock’s and how to support their work here.

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