In line with James Hall & Co.’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, a new SPAR branded food donation bin has been designed to attract customers’ attention and promote local food banks within SPAR stores across the north of England.
The branded stands have helped SPAR stores raise nearly £20,000 in food donations for food banks across the north, with one store gathering 240 tins of peas and tinned tomatoes in just one day.
As well as being rolled out across company owned stores (North East Convenience Stores) the initiative has also been made available to independent SPAR retailers.
“The demand on local food banks increased dramatically during lockdown and although many retailers were collecting food donations before Covid-19, we wanted to create a coherent, branded stand to catch customers’ eyes and promote local food banks in need,” said Tomas Garliauskas, CSR project co-ordinator at James Hall.
“The branded food bank collection points help SPAR retailers promote the fantastic work our company-owned stores and independent SPAR retailers have been doing in supporting local people.”
While retailers and company-owned stores were supporting food banks before the branded collection points were available, they were using variations of dump bins, crates and trays.
“This initiative creates a streamlined, eye-catching design for customers to see and be clear of what we are collecting and who for,” Garliauskas added.
“Corporate social responsibility is incredibly important to James Hall & Co., to ensure that we are a responsible retailer, and to enable our network of independent SPAR retailers to access effective sustainability initiatives.
“We work to incorporate CSR into our daily processes and aim to reduce post-purchase waste, reduce our overall carbon footprint and ensure that SPAR stores continue to support local communities across the north of England.”
Donations to the food banks can consist of anything from tinned fruit & vegetables, toilet roll and toiletries, baby products and petfood, cereals and soups, long-life milk and condiments.
Supporting foodbanks across the north of England…
Newcastle West End Foodbank
Hospitality & Hope
The BAY Foodbank
The Redcar Area Food Bank
Billingham Food Bank
Burnley Community Kitchen
Hambleton Food Share
Stockton & Billingham Foodbank
Ripon Community Church & Surrounding Areas
The Homeless Cafe Middlesbrough
Trussell Trust Ormskirk
Trussell Trust Southport
St Peters Church Foodbank
Fylde Food Bank
Trussell Trust St Helens – Hope centre
Driffield Food Bank
Ryedale Food Bank
The Bay North Shields
The Well West Auckland
Mid Cheshire Foodbank
Willaston Community farm
Mid Cheshire Foodbank
North Lakes Food Bank
Upper Eden Foodbank
Milnthorpe Area Foodbank
Upper Eden Trust/Appleby Church
Carlisle Food Bank
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