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Trades against the virus

Trades against the virus is a construction industry campaign to boost the stocks of food in the nation’s food banks in preparation for the escalating public health crisis. Many foodbanks have already run out of food, and others are struggling to help their clients who are amongst the most vulnerable in our society. Recent supermarket shortages are adding to the pressure.

The core idea is that merchants act as drop-off point, and use their considerable marketing power to encourage their customers and staff to drop off store-cupboard basics for onward shipment to a local foodbank.

There are thousands of merchant drop off points throughout the country, including:

  • All About Gas (Leeds)
  • Bromsgrove Plumbers Merchants (Bromsgrove)
  • Buildbase (nationwide)
  • Builder Depot (Southgate)
  • Castle Plumbing and Heating supplies (South Wales)
  • Central Heating Supplies (Portsmouth)
  • City Plumbing Supplies (nationwide)
  • Fairfax Plumbing and Heating Supplies (Westcliff-on-sea)
  • Gibson Plumbing Supplies (Gillingham)
  • Hampshire Training and Assessments (Havant, Hampshire)
  • J C Plumbing and Heating Supplies (Poole)
  • Jewson (Nationwide)
  • KDS Plumbing Supplies (Hove)
  • Lords Group Builders Merchants (London)
  • Michael Pavis (Nottingham)
  • MacDonalds Plumbing and Heating (Aberdeen)
  • MKM Building Supplies (Nationwide)
  • MP Moran (London & Watford)
  • PlumbCity (Eastern England)
  • Plumbers M8 (Scotland)
  • PTS (Nationwide)
  • Travis Perkins (Nationwide)
  • Ultimate Discount Heating (Nationwide)
  • Unique Plumbing Supplies (Hampshire)
  • Universal Plumbing Supplies (Southampton)
  • William Wilson (Edinburgh)
  • Williams & Co (South East, Bristol and Manchester)

More details to follow. Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly when handling donated food and maintain social distancing protocols when dropping off.

Here is a list of food items which are particularly useful:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice

These non-food items also help a lot:

  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.

If you aren’t able to donate food, perhaps you would consider making a financial contribution to the Trussell Trust, a not-for-profit organisation which helps over 1200 foodbanks.


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