In a unique cross-sector partnership, The Entertainer has joined forces with Sainsbury’s, British Gas, Palletforce and XPO Logistics to help deliver vital support to those who need it most amid the outbreak of Covid-19.
Working alongside charities, the Trussell Trust and FareShare, the partnership endeavours to support communities nationwide to distribute food so food banks and community charities can continue to support people most in need.
A statement issued by The Entertainer reads: “Community is at the heart of what we do and we’re delighted to be able to support this wonderful initiative and help those at most need in our communities. We’re in this together and together we’re stronger!”
The announcement of this partnership comes after reports from many of the UK’s food banks that they are running low on essential food supplies. And with more people than ever expected to use a food bank over the next few months, and local charities and community groups desperately in need of vital food supplies, these major organisations hope to form part of a national solution to ensure vital food supplies reach food banks and community charities as quickly and safely as possible.
Speaking of the partnership, Gary Grant, Founder and Executive Chairman of The Entertainer has said: “We’re extremely proud to have joined together with other retailers and businesses to support people in need within our communities during this challenging time. It’s both humbling and inspiring to see the outpouring of support for each other across the country and the coming together of retailers and businesses to provide help and support is something we’re delighted we can be part of. We hope the food will bring comfort to people who receive it in these difficult times.”
Celebrating this unique partnership, Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare, said: “This partnership is a testament to the incredible things we can achieve when businesses and the voluntary sector works together with a common purpose. It will enable FareShare to dramatically scale up the amount of food we can distribute right across the UK, enabling us to get more food out to the thousands of charities and community groups, fellow food redistribution organisations, food banks and pantries.”
Echoing this sentiment, Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand, said: “Coronavirus has impacted everyone in the UK and it’s important that we support each other now, more than ever. We are committed to supporting our colleagues, customers and our local communities during this crisis. In addition to helping FareShare redistribute food, we are still operating our food donation points in 92 per cent of our stores which support 2,250 food donation partnerships, ensuring food continues to go to people who need it most.”