Kind-hearted employees at EV Cargo’s Palletforce have been volunteering at food charity FareShare in a bid to help hungry families.
The Palletforce volunteers helped to pack enough produce to make 3,600 meals for local community centres, foodbanks, schools and youth groups.
Shona Callow, Simon Bradbury, Jo Duncan, Deb Wallbanks, Simon Gibbard and Pennie Bailey worked the morning shift at FareShare’s Nottingham depot to help ensure that the donated food got to where it was needed most.
The charity works with Palletforce and its members to undertake the express distribution of surplus food from supermarkets to many charities and community groups across the country.
Palletforce Sales Director Simon Bradbury said: “Palletforce has been a long-time supporter of FareShare and we all know about the vital work it does, both in our local communities in the Midlands and across the country.
“Palletforce is determined to continue to be a force for good in our communities and it was great to see the determination and enthusiasm our volunteers brought on the day. We are proud of the work we do with FareShare, which involves our member network distributing food across the UK.”
As well as the hours spent volunteering – which will go towards Palletforce’s goal of 10 volunteer hours per employee – the company also donated a photoshoot to Fareshare for the charity to use in its materials to demonstrate its work.
Delivering to every UK postcode every day, with freight consolidated overnight at its stateof-the-art central SuperHub in Burton upon Trent, Palletforce’s 120-strong member network provides the perfect solution for FareShare to distribute produce nationwide quickly and efficiently.
Palletforce has worked with FareShare for eight years and helps distribute food across the country.
FareShare works with the food industry to get good-to-eat surplus food that may otherwise go to waste, to its network of nearly 9,500 charities and community groups across the UK. Last year, FareShare moved 540,000 tonnes of food – enough for 128 million meals – and demand is rising.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Palletforce donated £5,000 to both FareShare and The Trussell Trust.