Grundon announces new partnership with Oxford Food Bank

Grundon Waste Management has announced an ongoing fundraising and volunteering partnership with Oxford Food Bank throughout 2016. It follows the success of its Festive Food Share campaign, which raised more than £3,000 for the charity – enabling the distribution of over £60,000 worth of food.

The partnership was revealed by Grundon managing director Clayton Sullivan-Webb as he returned to the charity’s Botley headquarters to hand over a cheque to co-founders Robin Aitken MBE and David Cairns MBE.

Food for thought - Grundon’s Clayton Sullivan-Webb (far right) presents Oxford Food Bank co-founders Robin Aitken MBE (left) and David Cairns MBE with a cheque for over £3,000.
Food for thought – Grundon’s Clayton Sullivan-Webb (far right) presents Oxford Food Bank co-founders Robin Aitken MBE (left) and David Cairns MBE with a cheque for over £3,000.

Throughout December Grundon, which is headquartered at nearby Benson, worked hard to persuade more organisations to adopt a greener approach to food waste disposal. This included encouraging the segregation of food waste and the adoption of a discount and distribute policy, with disposal as the last resort.

In return, the company donated cash for every new food waste customer it signed up and for every food waste bin it emptied from existing customers.

At the same time, many Grundon staff – including Clayton – volunteered at the charity, helping to pack and unpack supplies, load vans and join distribution runs.

“Seeing first-hand the great work the charity does to help feed vulnerable people in the community and reduce food poverty persuaded me that we could do more to help, both with fundraising and practical support,” said Clayton.

“During 2016, we will donate five pence for every food waste bin we collect across our whole operating area. And, thanks to the fantastic feedback, we are also planning to extend our volunteer programme so many more employees have the chance to do something practical to support the food bank.”

David Cairns said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that the partnership with Grundon will now be extended throughout the year. We share many goals in the desire to reduce food waste, and knowing we have Grundon’s financial support and help from its employees, will enable us to help as many needy people as possible.”

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 some 50 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 £60,000 a year running costs.

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