BAE Systems supports food banks this winter

Posted on 19 Dec 2023 by The Manufacturer

BAE Systems is donating more than £150,000 to help food banks across the UK provide for families and individuals in need this winter.

Working with volunteers in local communities where the Company operates across the UK, the donations will help fund emergency food parcels and ensure that goods can be safely stored, sorted and distributed.

Over the last four years, BAE Systems has donated more than £600,000 to UK food banks, which have experienced increased demand from those needing support.

Many of the food banks that will benefit from the donation are run by the Trussell Trust, a charity which supports more than 1,300 centres across the UK.

Emma Revie, Chief Executive at the Trussell Trust, said: “Thank you to the team at BAE Systems for their incredible support. This winter is expected to be the toughest yet, with food banks in our network distributing more than 1 million parcels between December and February which equates to one every eight seconds.”

Many of BAE Systems’ employees are also volunteering their time to support those in need in their communities, supported by the Company’s special paid leave policy.

Colin Hay, a naval architecture engineer in BAE Systems’ naval ships business, is volunteering at Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas warehouse in Glasgow, managing the distribution and delivery of thousands of gifts for children across the west of Scotland.

He said: “There are many families struggling and I’m glad to be able to give back to help support the most vulnerable in our community. Children’s charities are close to my heart as I’ve seen first-hand the joy they can bring in the most difficult of times.”

In 2022, BAE Systems contributed more than £11.5m to projects supporting its local communities, education and the armed forces through charitable sponsorships, donations, employee fundraising and volunteering. To find out more, click here.

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