Glasgow Caledonian University joins forces to feed Homeless World Cup players

14 July 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University joins forces to feed Homeless World Cup players

Kenneth O'Doherty of PJ's Foods

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is working with food redistribution charity FareShare and local food manufacturer, PJ’s Foods, to provide almost 19,000 meals to players and coaches during this week’s Homeless World Cup (July 10-16).

Every day of the event, GCU’s Encore catering team, headed by Frank McCabe, is serving more than 700 cooked breakfasts and dinners and 1100 packed lunches to participants on the University’s Glasgow campus. Tesco is supplying food and bottled water for the event via FareShare.

Audrey Allan, Deputy General Manager of Catering, said: “It is fabulous. We are incredibly busy but the staff are having a wonderful time and the feedback from the players has been great. We have seen everyone’s appetites grow as the playing has progressed throughout the week and it has been lovely to be able to support the players by ensuring they are well fed and ready to compete. The players are incredibly nice and appreciative and are having a great time.”

GCU alumnus Scott Cherry founded PJ’s Foods and fellow alumnus Kenneth O’Doherty is the company’s Sales Director. It is supplying 8400 freshly made sandwiches, free of charge, for the teams’ lunches.

Said Mr O’Doherty: “As a Glasgow-based company we were very keen to support the Homeless World Cup and we have encouraged the companies we work with to support it, too, by supplying ingredients."

As the Homeless World Cup hub, GCU is hosting hundreds of participants representing 52 countries who have come together to celebrate and highlight the year-round, life-changing work of the Homeless World Cup National Partner network.

Mel Young, President and Co-Founder of the Homeless World Cup and a GCU Honorary Graduate, said: “We’re extremely grateful to have the support of Glasgow Caledonian University as a significant Event Partner. Providing a safe, comfortable place for our players is vitally important for the success of the tournament, because the tournament only works, when it works for the players.”