Sunderland Foodbank And Gentoo Group (1) (1)

Sunderland based housing association Gentoo Group is supporting Sunderland Foodbank during the Covid-19 pandemic, with colleagues volunteering daily to help keep the vital service running for tenants and residents most in need across the city.

As part of Gentoo’s commitment to ensuring the Sunderland community remains resilient throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Group’s employees are helping out at Sunderland Foodbank to prepare essential food parcels and deliver them to those in need of food and supplies.

Teams of Gentoo employees have been working over the last week to ensure the foodbank can remain open and is able to continue delivering the service over the weeks ahead, using its fleet to deliver vital food parcels to local communities.

Gentoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Wilson, visited the foodbank and joined colleagues in their efforts. Nigel said:

“We’re committed to supporting tenants and residents across Sunderland and ensuring our communities stay resilient during these challenging times. The spirit and togetherness of people across the city is unquestionable and it’s fantastic to see everyone working together where possible to help those most in need. We’ll continue to support the Foodbank and Sunderland City Council to ensure these residents get the food and supplies they need over coming days and weeks.”

Sunderland Foodbank Coordinator, Jo Gordon, said:

“The support we’ve had from Gentoo has been fantastic and it’s great to have their teams of volunteers helping us on a daily basis. With their support, we have been able to make sure that everything still functions at our food store and eight distribution points across the city”.

The Group’s employees also fundraised so that a £283 donation could be made to the foodbank to help buy essential supplies, as well as contributing bags full of food that was collected across its offices and depots

Kate Buckle
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