New wheels for Black Country food bank

  • 28th June 2021

  • Customer news

whg has joined forces with contractors Travis Perkins Managed Services (TPMS) to sponsor the Black Country Food Bank’s new van which is based in Walsall.

The duo have contributed £2,000 to sponsor the van, which will be used to collect donations and deliver food parcels to families in need.

whg appointed TPMS as its new stores provider last year. As part of the contract TPMS pledged to support whg’s community work through social value.

This year TPMS agreed to assist the food bank, which has been a lifeline for some of whg’s customer who have been hit financially by the effects of COVID-19.

Social Value Coordinator Donna Goodall said: “In 2020 whg issued 161 vouchers for the Black Country Food Bank which prevented 317 adults and children living in whg properties from going hungry.

“We embed social value into all our contracts and ensure businesses we work with do their bit for local people. TPMS’ kind donation will ensure that the maintenance and running costs of the van are covered, meaning the Black Country Food Bank can concentrate their efforts where it is needed.”

Lee Bracey, Account Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: “At TPMS, we always endeavour to put our customers’ communities at the heart of everything we do. The wide ranging effects of COVID-19 have had a huge impact on the amount of people who have come to rely on community initiatives like this which is why we were delighted to have been able to help Black Country Food Bank continue to support those in crisis.”

Allan Boot, Walsall Coordinator for the Black Country, said: “It’s a privilege to be supported by whg and TPMS.

“As a charity, the Black Country Food Bank relies on donations of food from the local community to be able to support people in need, but without financial support our vans would not be able do the important work they do in the community.

“In 2020 the seven Black Country Food Bank teams that we have in Walsall supported nearly 7,500 adults and children and distributed in excess of 110,000 meals. These funds will ensure that the running costs of our van are met for the vital work that the van does in the community.”

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