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EV Cargo company Palletforce is playing a key role in the UK-wide distribution of food and grocery items donated to foodbanks as part of a mammoth collaboration with Sainsbury’s, British Gas, FareShare, the Trussell Trust, The Entertainer and XPO Logistics.
The unprecedented partnership is set to help support people struggling in light of the coronavirus outbreak and will ensure the Trussell Trust and FareShare can continue to help families struggling to make ends meet and assist those communities who rely on foodbanks.
Using its premier nationwide network of members, Palletforce is collecting ambient food products from six key distribution centres across England, Scotland and Wales and delivering to a national warehouse. Products are sorted and transported to the Palletforce SuperHub where they are distributed to 20 different member depots.
British Gas drivers then undertake the final stages of the huge supply chain, delivering to community foodbanks supported by the FareShare and Trussell Trust charities.
FareShare and the Trussell Trust will use the donation to help relieve food poverty by managing the redistribution of food to over 11,000 frontline charities and community groups across the UK.
Michael Conroy, Palletforce chief executive, said: “Palletforce has helped deliver surplus food for FareShare for a number of years now and we’re privileged to play our part in this incredible initiative. Our members are out there ensuring supply chains keep moving, guaranteeing food and other essential supplies make their way to retailers. We’re pleased that they can assist in distributing critical supplies to foodbanks supported by FareShare and the Trussell Trust.”
Emma Revie, Trussell Trust chief executive, said: “This unique partnership beautifully articulates how society is pulling together in the fight against COVID-19. All these organisations have innovatively adapted their services to support the people most in need during this challenging time, and we are truly grateful that they are helping foodbanks to continue to provide their essential community service.”