Iveco has donated a refrigerated Daily van to FareShare, a food redistribution company co-founded with Sainsbury’s in 1994. Now in its 26th year, FareShare is the biggest operation of its kind in the UK and, since launching, has provided the equivalent of nearly 237 million meals.

Iveco Daily Refrigerated Panel Van
Iveco Daily Refrigerated Panel Van from Iveco’s OK Trucks on Charity Work

The new van will be put straight to work helping support the area most local to its UK operations base in Basildon, Essex. The Ipswich regional distribution centre services 160 local charities, with 73 of those within Essex county lines. Of those, seven reside in Basildon supporting a community centre, pre-school children, a community centre for the elderly, another that supports those with life-limiting conditions and disabilities and a further three assisting families with low or no incomes.

The money came from the $2 million donation from CNH  to the CNH Industrial Foundation and to community projects around the globe. The CNH Industrial Foundation was set up to support the local areas in which the business operates, providing support in three main areas; Education, Health Service and Food Security.

Distribution Framework

Currently, the organisation utilises a digital platform to link over 500 companies across the supply chain, from farmers and hauliers to the hospitality sector and both large and small supermarkets with unsold foodstuffs to supported organisations via their 22-strong UK network of regional distribution centres. 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.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, FareShare has continued to support frontline organisations supporting those most in need of assistance. Post-national lockdown it has seen a 90% increase in food delivered and tripled demand from new charities.

Simple to Drive for All

The Daily 3.5t van is ideal to maximise its availability 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. 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 & Communications 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”.

OK Trucks Warranty

The vehicle, donated as part of IVECO’s OK Trucks scheme will be supplied with a comprehensive OK Trucks XTRA XTENDED LIFE extended warranty package, including membership to IVECO’s 24/7, Europe-wide Assistance Non-stop (ANS) 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.”