Palmer and Harvey, the UK’s number one delivered wholesaler, again showed its support for the local Telford community at this year’s Pro-retail show.
Along with suppliers, they donated a record thirteen tonnes of goods to Telford food bank, who they have partnered with for the past two years to provide locals with much needed non-perishable goods from the show.
After days of counting, sorting and verifying the supplies, the food bank confirmed the final donation figure of an estimated thirteen tonnes.
In two years, Palmer and Harvey has donated more than 25 tonnes of goods, including food, drinks, toiletries and cleaning products to Telford food bank from the Pro-retail show.
The donations will be sent to other crisis network members for onward distribution to their clients, which include: The Salvation Army KIP project & Maninplace, Wellington YMCA, The Stay (Homeless) Project, The Dawley Christian Centre and the 1968 foundation to name but a few.
Telford food bank was opened in April 2013 by the Telford Crisis Network to provide emergency food parcels to individuals and families in need. The charity is currently supporting over 100 adults and children every week, and they are heavily reliant on regular donations.
Pro-retail has been held at The International Centre in Telford for the past 22 years and sees over 200 suppliers and thousands of retailers attend over the two-day show.
Matt Ashton, PR and Events Manager at Palmer and Harvey said: “Palmer and Harvey is proud to partner with such a fantastic charity. I would like to thank our suppliers who donated such a huge amount of product ranging from biscuits to cleaning products to bottled water. The donations made will make a real difference to adults and children who are in most need.”
Ollie Locker of Telford food bank said: “We are absolutely delighted to be invited back to Pro-retail this year. It was a fantastic event and great to see all of the big name suppliers in the industry under one roof right here in Telford.
“The day after Pro-retail, Palmer and Harvey arranged for a lorry to deliver all of the donated goods right to our door and we can’t thank them enough for that, and all their help leading up to the event.
“I can honestly say that this has been, and probably will be our single largest donation in 2016. From everyone at Telford Crisis Support, thank you to all the staff at Palmer and Harvey and suppliers at the show.”
About Palmer and Harvey
Palmer and Harvey is the UK’s number one delivered wholesaler, with an annual turnover of more than £4 billion, serving the convenience, forecourt and CTN retail arena.
Its industry-leading delivery network of 15 regional depots places Palmer and Harvey within two hours of each and every customer. Its offering of excellent range, secure delivery direct into store, flexible delivery slots, easy ordering and free delivering give the retailer outstanding value. This is backed up by its diverse fleet of over 1,300 vehicles which delivers ambient, chilled and frozen products to every postcode in the UK and voice actuated picking in warehouses which means deliveries have higher than 99% accuracy.
As a key supply partner to major UK grocery multiples and the leading delivered wholesaler to the UK convenience market, Palmer and Harvey supplies more than 14,000 ambient, chilled and frozen product lines. It also holds direct distribution contracts with major UK manufacturers.
Palmer and Harvey can cater to different sizes of organisations, thanks to its flexible network and diverse fleet, which also includes a direct van sales operation to service smaller accounts.
Palmer and Harvey is one of the largest privately owned companies in the country, wholly owned by its current and former employees.