Air Astana backs food charity Surplus to Supper

posted on 27th October 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Air Astana backs food charity Surplus to Supper

Air Astana is supporting local UK food charity Surplus to Supper with the donation of 5,000 individual pots of chocolate mousse and salted caramel cheesecakes.

The airline’s signature Lily O’Brien mousses and cheesecakes would typically be served on board the airline’s regular flights from London Heathrow Airport and Nur-Sultan.

“With our direct services from the UK temporarily suspended owing to the coronavirus pandemic, we didn’t want these delicious desserts to go to waste.  We heard about the terrific voluntary work of this local charity and contacted them about distributing our desserts to local food banks, charities and schools,” said Air Astana Catering Manager Graham Hobbs.

Air Astana’s inflight caterer at London Heathrow, Royal Blue Executive Services, facilitated the logistics.

“They are so many families in need in our region and our committed volunteers ensure food is delivered to where it is most needed,” said Surplus to Supper Operations Director Claire Hopkins. “We are extremely grateful to Air Astana for their generosity.  These desserts will be well received, especially during the half term holiday.”

Based in Sunbury, Surplus to Supper is a three-year-old charity created to bridge the gap between food waste and food poverty.  It has been very active since the crisis, supported by local businesses and housing associations, regularly distributing surplus food in the most sustainable way – within a radius of five miles.  Surplus to Supper also produces meals with donated fresh produce.

Its territory comprises Heathrow, Ashford, Spelthorne, Richmond and Hampton.

photo: Markku Koppinen, Trustee and volunteer driver from Surplus to Supper (left) accepts Air Astana desserts from Stephen Cowley, Executive Chef from Royal Blue.