13 January, 2023      Company UpdatesCSR

We are thrilled to have launched our 2023 food bank appeal!

Due to the current cost of living crisis, food prices have dramatically risen over the last few months. Sadly, for over 2.2 million people it is a time of worry, hardship and uncertainty as to where their next meal will come from.

It is because of alarming statistics like this, that back in 2020, 32% of Novus colleagues voted that we should be supporting local food banks as part of our wider Build Back Better initiative.

This is where our food bank appeal comes in. With over 2000 food banks across Great Britain, generous donations help to support these projects in improving people’s access to food.

Our teams are already getting stuck in, with plans to support food banks up and down the country over the festive period and beyond. Below are just some of the current highlights:



Devon Food Van - Food Bank AppealFood chiller van donated to help more people in the South West

As part of our planned maintenance contract with The Guinness Partnership across the South West, we recently part-funded the purchase of two mobile food chiller vans for food charity Devon and Cornwall Food Action.

With an ever-increasing demand for their services, Devon and Cornwall Food Action wanted to be able to reach more people across the region, however didn’t have the funds required to expand their services. As a result of the joint donation from Novus and Guinness, the new jointly branded vans are improving the transportation of surplus and donated food to many local, organisations such as community housing projects, ‘YMCA’, ‘Devon & Cornwall Police’ and ‘Frontline Veterans Support’ (to name but a few), working with economically disadvantaged people in local communities.

Alan Dunne, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Food Action commented; “The whole team at Devon and Cornwall Food Action would like to thank Guinness and Novus for their kind support and donation to help us fund two new Food chiller vehicles. These vehicles are refrigerated and will allow us to expand our support across the region to individuals who are experiencing financial hardship and poverty.”

Basinstoke £1370 DonationOur Basingstoke team raised £1370 to create Christmas hampers for those struggling over the festive period

Our Basingstoke team, with the support of our subcontracts and supply chain, collected funds to create Christmas hampers for the Basingstoke food bank.

In total the team managed to raise a magnificent £1370 and donate many food and household items. Each hamper included food, Christmas treats, toiletries and Christmas crackers. With all the contributions, the team were able to make a total of 48 Christmas hamper bags!

Trussell Trust Food Bank Appeal Tesco North Wales team head to Tesco to collect donations for their local food bank

As part of our food bank appeal, our North Wales team recently visited their local Tesco asking shoppers to donate items or give any loose change to help struggling families. In total, they managed to raise £100 for The Trussell Trust food bank as well as donating other items.

Edmundson Campbell from the Trussell Trust food bank commented:

“Thank you so much for your time today and for the donation of £100 to the food bank. We are so grateful for every penny and hope you will come and help us again at future events.”

We are proud to be helping those most in need this winter and are committed to reducing poverty across Great Britain.

Gateshead-Food-Bank-AppealNorth East team support our nationwide food bank appeal

Our Gateshead team have delivered their donations to the Trussell Trust Walker and District food bank to help support our food bank appeal. The donations have helped those struggling over the festive period.

The items were delivered to the food bank by Customer Liaison Officer Deborah Collins, where she met up with the team at the food bank who were very grateful for the donations.

Sheffield Food Bank Apeal DonationsSheffield team donate £500 to support our food bank appeal

Our Sheffield team and subcontractors have been busy raising £500 to support our nationwide food bank appeal.

They have donated £100 to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and donated £400 worth of food to their local food bank.

Scarborough - The Rainbow Centre Food Bank Appeal DonationsFood bank donations made to The Rainbow Centre in Scarborough

Our Scarborough team has been busy making food donations to The Rainbow Centre – a charity that supports people in the community who are homeless, vulnerable or in a crisis.

Birmingham - Sub Contractors Food Bank Appeal DonationsBirmingham subcontractors get involved with our food bank appeal

Our Birmingham subcontractor AMP Scaffolding generously donated items for our food bank appeal. This has now been delivered to one of the Midland’s food banks!

Burton Soup Kitchen Food Bank Appeal DonationsOur East Midlands team deliver donations to their local homeless charity

A big shout out to our Burton team for donating a car boot worth of warm clothing, food and toiletries to the Burton Soup Kitchen and local food bank.

The Burton Soup Kitchen supports homeless and vulnerable people within the local area and provided Christmas dinners over the festive period as well as giving out parcels of food and warm clothing to vulnerable locals.


Newark and Sherwood Food Bank Appeal DonationsOur East Midlands team donate perishable items to their local food bank

Doing their part for our nationwide food bank appeal, our East Midlands team collected perishable items and donated them to their local food bank to help reduce poverty in their area.

Birmingham - Food Bank Appeal DonationsOur Birmingham team help reduce poverty in the Midlands

Our Birmingham team have also been getting involved in our food bank appeal and helping to reduce poverty in their local area by donating lots of perishable items to the community church in West Bromwich.

Burton - Food Bank Appeal DonationsOur Burton office do their bit to help the community

Doing their bit to help the local community during these difficult times, our Burton office have been collecting food and other household items to deliver to their local food bank in Tamworth – Manna House Coffee Shop.

The food bank staff were extremely grateful for the donations as their supplies are currently at an all-time low following the cost of living crisis. The Manna House Coffee Shop allows anyone to drop in for a cuppa and a chat and to collect their much-needed food parcels.


Scotland Food Bank AppealOur Scotland team provide breakfast for those children in need

Whilst working on a contract in Robroyston, Glasgow our Scotland team donated £50 worth of food to a local school. Their generous donation will be used to buy breakfasts for those children most in need.


Thank You

A huge thank you to our teams for their hard work and dedication in supporting the 2023 initiative so far! Look out for further social value initiatives in the coming weeks and months.

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