Samworth Brothers Supports Food Industry Initiative on Food Banks


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Samworth Brothers is supporting a food industry initiative led by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) working with food surplus charity FareShare and other charitable food redistributors, to help safeguard a consistent supply of food to vulnerable sectors of society during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Susan Barratt, CEO of IGD, said: “I am delighted to say that some 40 companies have stepped forward, with more coming through every day, to offer their support by donating product and funds now and in the coming weeks. It’s a fantastic example of our industry working together to ensure that food can continue to be supplied and distributed through the FareShare, and other charitable food redistributors’ networks. Together we are serving the needs of those who rely so heavily on foodbanks for their daily food essentials.”

Samworth Brothers has partnered with FareShare on food waste initiatives for many years.  During this pandemic it is supporting the IGD effort with additional food donations.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare said: “The response from the food industry working together through IGD has yet again showed its values and character in the same way it has responded to the pandemic in fields, factories, distribution warehouses and supermarkets.

The generosity of these donations and the compassion for those vulnerable and in need is a massive credit to both the food industry and the IGD. FareShare will now coordinate these offers, not just for its own national redistribution network, but also to foodbanks and other charity food redistributors. We have seen more than 500 new charities and community groups register for food in just the last week alone. On behalf of everyone involved in reaching out to those in need in our local communities a massive thank you.”