High street discount retailer, B&M, has announced a national £1 million donation to support UK food banks.
Each one of its 670 stores will support a local food bank with a £1,500 donation of food, cleaning and personal hygiene goods to reach struggling families amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It’s hoped that this will allow for £1 million worth of groceries to reach struggling members of local communities across the country as quickly and efficiently as possible during this national crisis.
B&M CEO, Simon Arora, said: “B&M is immensely proud of the part it has played this last week in helping families buy food, cleaning goods and essential toiletries. We have served 7 million shoppers in 7 days, and our colleagues have worked tirelessly to keep shelves stocked".
"We realise however that many of the communities we serve have households in them that are really struggling to buy their groceries due to recent lay-offs".
"We hope that this donation at grass roots local level across the whole of the UK will allow some essential groceries to get to those who need them as quickly as possible."
To participate in the scheme, food bank organisers are being asked to register their details on the B&M Lifestyle website here.
Within the last week, B&M has seen a huge surge in product sales. These products include toilet rolls (300% increase) and hand wash (1200%), as well as tinned tuna (583%) and even Pot Noodles (610%).
B&M's six warehouses across the UK have switched capacity to grocery items, prioritising those that are most in demand such as food, cleaning products and toiletries. Warehouses run 24 hours a day and more than 3,400 deliveries have been made to stores this last week to ensure they are receiving a continuous flow of new stock.
To meet the strong demand, it has created an additional 300 jobs at depots in Speke and Bedford and will be giving recruitment priority to local applicants who have been recently laid off elsewhere as a result of COVID-19.
It's a well deserved round of applause from us B&M!