Collaboration Across Our Community

May 1, 2020 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

How holders of The Planet Mark are giving back in challenging times: 

As members of The Planet Mark we are bound by a common purpose; to help all people contribute to a thriving planet. Our shared community is comprised of an incredible group of people and while it is essential that we keep physical distance from one another, organisations across our membership, from catering to care homes are finding ways to adaptcollaborate and come together.  

In addition to providing a suite of resources to help our holders and organisations further afield we will be sharing these actions over the coming days and weeks:

Fooditude re-opens kitchen to cook for the vulnerable:

When its clients rapidly shifted to working from home with the growing impact of the coronavirus, Fooditude gave its surplus food to charities Foodcycle and OLIO and closed its kitchen on March 23rd. 

However, having access to a fully equipped production kitchen with ability to mass-produce meals meant the team at Fooditude wanted to do something to contribute in this time of crisis. On the 2nd April it re-opened with a small group of volunteers to set up the Fooditude COVID-19 Emergency Response Kitchen.  

Cristina Covello, Head of Strategic Growth at Fooditude, commented; On 2nd April we re-opened our 20,000 sq’ production kitchen to serve our local community. Our plan was to serve 50 meals our first day but we ended up serving 400. Three weeks on and we’ve served 4500 and counting! The key to this success has been collaboration. 

We’ve worked with other Planet Mark members like Ingram Valley to source raw ingredients and spread the word about our Go Fund Me campaign. What started out as an attempt to maintain company morale and ensure our resources were used in this time of crisis has turned into a community project that I hope will continue once the crisis is over and leave a lasting impact on the community and on Fooditude’s business.”  

On Tuesday 28th April alone, Fooditude delivered over 900 meals to those most in need throughout Southwark. Fooditude, would like to continue to grow this emergency response and are currently fundraising to help keep the scheme running. If you would like to donate to their COVID-19 Emergency Kitchen please visit their Go Fund Me page: 

Ingram Valley donates produce to Fooditude kitchens 

Ingram Valley Farm has donated to the Fooditude Go Fund Me page. Additionally, the Northumbria based farm has sent a meat box to help feed some of the most vulnerable people in society over the Easter weekend 

Rebecca Wilson, Partner at Ingram Valley commented: “Ingram Valley Farm was incredibly inspired by what other members of The Planet Mark Community were doing as key workers in the food supply chain and wanted to help. As contributors to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we have a mutual objective to help end hunger, deliver food safely, and to promote sustainable agriculture. We hope to continue our journey with members of The Planet Mark on some collaborative tree planting initiatives so that we can also help our planet and local community.” 

Hillbrush helping deliver manufactured goods to key services 

Despite being predominately known as a brush manufacturer, Hillbrush are assisting businesses deliver British manufactured goods to key services in the battle against COVID-19. The move has seen Hillbrush supply cleaning products across the globe to healthcare organisations, food and beverage manufacturers, as well as parts and components to frontline organisations supplying lifesaving equipment.  

Bidfood opens its doors to the public with new home delivery and click and collect services

When the UK went into lockdown back in March, Bidfood quickly identified a need to support private consumers and smaller businesses with the ability to buy everyday products such as pasta, flour, fresh meat, toilet paper and many other goods, and swiftly responded by launching our home delivery and click & collect services. 

Speaking about the launch, Andrew Selley, CEO at Bidfood said: “At Bidfood, we take the safety of the products we supply and our people incredibly seriously. In responding to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus around the world and in the UK, its impact on international supply chains as well as recent consumer stockpiling, Bidfood is proud to have an extensive range and supplier base to draw upon. 

To increase delivery capacity, Bidfood have also joined forces with Brakes, another leading UK food supplier. The initiative will see the two companies working together to deliver potentially hundreds of thousands of weekly care packages across the country to people at high risk from the virus who are not able to get easy access to food at this challenging time. 

Adelie Foods opens up distribution networks to support UK businesses

Adelie Foods, one of the UK’s leading food to go businesses, is offering its distribution network and warehousing facilities to retail businesses who may be struggling with capacity during the Covid-19 crisis. Five depots and over 300 vehicles have been made are available to businesses who require additional support 

Andy Redstone, supply chain director, Adelie Foods, said“Food retailers are working around the clock to ensure the supply chains keep moving and the shelves remain stocked. We want to do what we can to support those who are working tirelessly to keep our supply chains moving and to ensure the most vulnerable receive the help they need. So, we are opening up our distribution network and warehousing facilities to any business who may be struggling with capacity to deliver at this difficult time. 

St Monica Trust organises virtual visits for their residents in care homes: 

St Monica Trust, the Bristol-based charity dedicated to the well-being of older people has taken delivery of new tablet device. Preloaded with Skype & Zoom, the tablets are shared among their retirement communities to help residents stay connected to their families and loved ones.  

Bartlett Mitchell supporting the homeless and vulnerable across London 

When their client sites closed at the beginning of the lockdown, the bartlett mitchell teams donateall their remaining near-dated fresh produce to a number of local projects supporting the homeless and vulnerable across London, including the Felix Project and City Harvest. In addition, team members and chefs across the company have been cooking for the vulnerable in their local communities.  

“One of my favourite initiatives includes seeing one of our chefs at a law firm offer online cooking lessons for their employees’ childrenIan Thomas, CEO, Bartlett Mitchell commented. 

Team Prevent launches Health & Wellbeing podcast and delivers PPE to the NHS

Head of Health & Well-Being at Team Prevent has put together a series of podcasts to give you tips and advice on what you can do to improve & maintain your Health & Well-Being whilst working from home. Take a listen to Episode 1 here 

We all share the same vision to create a thriving planet. In these unprecedented times, the climate crisis remains a global challenge we must address, along with the current social and health crisis. The Planet Mark is continually updating and developing resources to support and help navigate our community through the COVID-19 crisis.