Iveco is donating one of its award-winning Daily vans to FareShare, the UK’s longest-running food redistribution charity, through its parent company CNH Industrial’s Solidarity Fund
FareShare is just one community project to have applied to the CNH Industrial Solidarity Fund for aid, and has since taken delivery of a refrigerated Daily panel van, donated via Iveco UK. The new van will be put straight to work helping support the area most local to its UK operations base in Basildon, Essex.
Co-founded with Sainsbury’s in 1994, FareShare is the longest-running food redistribution charity in the UK, born to help ensure that while there are people going hungry, no good food should be wasted. Now in its 26th year, it’s the biggest operation of its kind in the UK and, since launching, has provided the equivalent of nearly 237 million meals.
Almost 11,000 charities and community groups rely on the work that FareShare does, including homeless hostels, community centres, children’s breakfast and elderly lunch clubs, with over 924,300 people accessing supplies every week. FareShare also encourages those that it helps into paid work within the organisation, providing long-term benefits to those less fortunate.
The Iveco Daily 3.5t van is available to any team member with a full car driving licence, as anything heavier would require a driver to hold at least a Category C1 licence, ensuring maximum usability. The refrigerated load compartment allows for the safe transportation of chilled foods and will help maintain its freshness.
“The work FareShare do is inordinately important, so we are very proud to have been able to show solidarity in action within our home-county of Essex and the wider East Anglia area,” commented Iveco UK brand marketing manager, Lisa Fuller.
“In such unpredictable times, we hope that this van will provide many years of hard-working service to make sure that the vulnerable and those in less fortunate circumstances within our community can rely on this noble cause”.
The vehicle will be supplied with a comprehensive OK Trucks Xtra Xtended Life warranty package, including membership to Iveco’s 24/7 Europe-wide road-side assistance scheme. This will leave the charity able to focus completely on its benevolent efforts, knowing that its new vehicle will be in kept in top working order with minimal interruptions.
“This year has been incredibly tough for so many and FareShare has seen the need for our food skyrocket. The number of charities and community groups applying to receive food through FareShare has more than doubled and most of the organisations we work with expect demand to remain the same as at peak crisis levels, or even increase through the winter,” said Mike Barrett, development manager at FareShare East Anglia.
“We are so thankful to Iveco UK for this incredibly generous donation, which will help FareShare food get out to thousands of beneficiaries, charities and community groups in need at this critical time.”