UK-based GWP Packaging has provided support to The Swindon Food Collective – Swindon’s local independent food bank – during the Coronavirus pandemic. The company, based in Cricklade, has donated hundreds of boxes that are critical to the food bank’s operations. They have also been branded with the Charity’s logo.
The boxes will be used at The Food Collective’s main depot in Westlea, Swindon, to help with sorting donations, transporting food to distribution centres in the surrounding areas and enabling food to reach those in need.
Cher Smith MBE, Manager of the Swindon Food Collective, commented, “We’re delighted to have the continued, practical support of GWP at this time. The boxes make life so much easier for us when organising the various donations of food and essentials that we receive, as well as helping to transport these to our distribution centres as required. As the cost of purchasing any boxes we need is negated by this, it means our funds can be used to ensure those most in need within our community can get the support they require. And it’s lovely to see our logo on them too.”
The Swindon Food Collective has reported a sharp increase in residents from the surrounding areas using their services since the beginning of the virus outbreak. This, alongside the need for volunteers to adhere to social distancing guidelines, has placed a strain on the ability to provide food parcels to the most vulnerable.
Having worked with the Swindon Foodbank and The Food Collective for over 7 years – originally running a competition for Swindon College students to design packaging for use at the charity – GWP have continued to provide support over the subsequent years. As well as the donation of distribution and collection boxes, this has included supplying maintenance teams to re-wire the electrics at their main warehouse and a team of employees raising over £3,000 by taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge.