Bestway Wholesale, which was the 10th biggest food donator to The Felix Project last year, continues to support the charity during the Coronavirus crisis.
The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold, and delivers this surplus food to charities and schools so that they can provide healthy meals and help vulnerable people. During the current crisis, the charity has expanded its operations to help more people, including the homeless, survivors of domestic abuse and refugees.
Last year, Bestway’s donations amounted to 4,705 crates of food, equating to 130,00 meals provided.
Dawood Pervez, managing director of Bestway Wholesale, commented: “We applaud what The Felix Project are doing now more than ever, when so many vulnerable people are in need of food that they aren’t in a position to buy.
“In a normal week, we provide approximately three pallets of surplus stock to the Felix Project – surplus caused by damages, short dates or broken packaging – and despite availability challenges of our own, we have continued to donate food throughout the Coronavirus outbreak because we see this as our ethical duty to support those in need.”
Members of Bestway’s marketing team last year supported The Felix Project by taking part in one of the charity’s nightly volunteer walks: A participant commented: “We walked between cafés on a planned route as they closed, collecting surplus stock which was still in date but unable to be sold the next day and then delivered this to a local homeless shelter. The most enlightening thing to see was how most people in the shelter were asking for fresh fruit and vegetables and not just the packaged sandwiches and cakes which were most easy to get hold of.”
Bestway has recently delivered two pallets of fruit and vegetables to The Felix Project, as well as vital supplies of Flora, Kerrymaid and cream in catering pack sizes. Volunteers for the charity have also been vegetable picking on farms to help provide fresh foods.
Mark Curtin, CEO of The Felix Project, said: “Over the past few weeks we have tripled the amount of food we send out across London to help people in need. We even set a record for us by redistributing 44 tonnes of food in one day. We still rescue surplus food from wholesalers and deliver it direct to food banks, schools and other charities. But during this COVID-19 crisis, we are also delivering large quantities of food into new emergency food hubs, delivering to hospitals, and delivering hot meals from restaurants. Our food is also being cooked into meals and delivered direct to people’s doors, by both food hubs and local charities.”
Tel: Bestway Wholesale 020-8453 1234