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Blakemore Volunteers Support Wolverhampton Food Parcel Scheme

March 04, 2022

Seven Blakemore colleagues have volunteered 21 hours of work time to supporting a school half-term food parcel scheme in Wolverhampton.

The volunteers packed food parcels at Stowheath Adult Training Centre between 15th and 17th February for children who would usually qualify for free school meals.

The colleagues included Sara Furnival and Sharon Garner from Blakemore Foodservice, Ranald Forbes from Logistics, Deborah Colley from Trading, Raj K. Bangerh from HR, Michelle Rowe from IT and Darshika Patel from Responsible Business.

Blakemore Foodservice supplied the City of Wolverhampton Council with more than 100,000 individual items for the half-term food parcel scheme.  

The council partnered with five local foodbanks to provide food parcels to children from low-income households who are currently eligible for means-tested free school meals. The scheme was funded through the Government’s Household Support Fund, designed to help those that most need support.

Blakemore Foodservice Trade Sector Manager Matt Johnson commented: “It's taken careful planning from my team, the Demand Planning team and the Logistics team to support the council’s project as it’s involved product lines that we don’t normally sell in bulk and some of the deliveries have involved two full wagons of goods – so thank you very much for everyone’s efforts.”

Wolverhampton City Council gave the following feedback following receipt of the delivery from the Foodservice team: “The Sikh temple have commented on how the Blakemore drivers Moses Magambo and Rob Livesey had gone over and above to help them on the day of the delivery.

“The Elias Mattu foodbank have mentioned how amazing the drivers were on their delivery too.

“Your whole team have really helped achieve this mammoth task of feeding the 5,500 free-school-meal children in Wolverhampton. A great big thank you for the support that you have given to Catering Services.”

Food parcels and goods

A snapshot of just a few of the food parcels and the goods that went into them

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