After an ongoing campaign which raised £5,000 during 2016 for the Oxford Food Bank, Grundon Waste Management has pledged to continue supporting the charity throughout 2017.
Determined to help drive down food waste and encourage more organisations to think about how they can discount or distribute unwanted food more wisely, the Oxfordshire-based company is also giving employees time out from work to volunteer.
Managing director, Clayton Sullivan-Webb, who has joined the food bank team on their rounds, said: “One of the charity’s main aims is to reduce food waste in the Oxford area and that’s something we wholeheartedly support.
“We continue to work hard to educate our customers about food waste, promoting the fact that disposal should always be the last resort. However, we do understand that sometimes there is no other choice, so by encouraging businesses to segregate food from other waste - as many of us already do at home - we can collect it separately and raise funds for this great charity at the same time.”
For every food waste container it collects from businesses during 2017 across its whole Thames Valley and South East operating area, the company will donate 5p to the charity. The food waste is then sent to anaerobic digestion facilities to be turned into bio-fuels and fertilisers.
Combining the money raised last year with a further £3,000 from a Festive Food Share campaign in 2015, it means the Grundon has now supported the charity to the tune of £8,000 and also donated at least 24 volunteering days during 2016.
The food bank’s co-founder, David Cairns MBE, said: “We really value Grundon’s support and commitment, both from a practical and financial perspective, but also the fact that they share our desire to reduce the food waste mountain.
“By working in partnership, we can continue to achieve great things and look forward to a successful year ahead in helping to reduce food poverty within the local community.”
For every £1 donated, the Oxford Food Bank can provide around £20 worth of fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products - currently around £1.4 million worth of food a year - all of which is delivered to over 60 charities in and around Oxford and a further 10 in Abingdon and Didcot.
Launched in 2009, the Oxford Food Bank receives no government grants or official support, relying instead on goodwill from local businesses and individuals to help meet its £70,000 a year running costs.
For more information on the Oxford Food Bank, please visit www.oxfordfoodbank.org