Meals on wheels

You may recall that we recently announced plans to support national charity FoodCycle by donating an ex-lease combo van to make it easier for volunteers like Integral’s Gill Flaherty, to pick up the hundreds of kilos of surplus food donated each week from local shops and supermarkets. 2019 marks 10 year’s since FoodCyle served their first ever guest and they have now cooked the equivalent of over 1 million meals using food that would otherwise go to waste.

Justin Powell, FoodCycle Regional Manager Midlands and SW, recently dropped into our West Bromwich office where Nigel Birkinshaw, Head of Commercial & Compliance and Shane Betts, Head of Corporate Accounts handed over the keys.

As well as Gill – who volunteers at their Aston centre, Justin also brought along fellow volunteers Eileen Morgan, Jennifer Haughton and Mathew Hales.

Nigel said:

"We are delighted that Gill has brought FoodCycle to our attention and it is a pleasure to support their work through the donation of this van. It is clear to see the passion and commitment they have in helping provide less fortunate members of the community with food and hot meals - things that many of us take for granted. We are glad that Integral could help out in this small way and we wish them the very best for the future."

Justin Powell, Regional Manager for the Midlands and South West of England at FoodCycle said:

"In recent months a number of retail and wholesale suppliers have contacted FoodCycle in Birmingham asking us to collect surplus food. We are thrilled Integral has donated a van to help us collect this surplus and feed people who may be hungry or lonely. So a big thank you to Integral. Their support means we can continue to reduce food waste, food poverty and isolation in Birmingham and across the country."