London/Pullach, December 20, 2012 — The international logistics service provider for environmentally friendly transport of fruit and vegetables expands its support for international food banks as part of its WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative with the Tower Hamlets Foodbank.
On December 20 2012, Chris Taylor, Managing Director IFCO UK, officially handed over a new delivery vehicle to the Tower Hamlets Foodbank at the Tower of London. At a Christmas lunch, which was made possible by the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative and all event sponsors, the Tower Hamlets Foodbank also received free reusable crates for transporting food to London’s needy. These crates are serviced, washed and replaced free of charge by IFCO.
At this Christmas lunch, free meals and presents were provided to families and individuals in need, prepared by the Tower Hamlets Foodbank and its volunteers and sponsored by partners of the initiative, which include HSBC, Coller Capital, Pears Foundation, exponential-e, Liberty Mutual, and Lexis Nexis.
Under WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY, IFCO furthers the changeover to reusable transport solutions and thus helps food banks reducing their waste disposal costs. In comparison to conventional corrugated packaging, IFCO’s reusable ‘green crates’ have considerable environmental advantages, such as reducing CO2 emissions by up to 53% and ozone depletion by up to 38%.
“We are most pleased to have IFCO at our side to help us manage our logistics. With our new refrigerated van, the Tower Hamlets Foodbank is now able to provide food to those in need much faster and more efficiently. The green crates, IFCO donated to the Foodbank, do not only support logistical optimisation, they also enable us to make an important contribution towards environmental protection and sustainability”, said Denise Bentley, founder of the Tower Hamlets Foodbank.
So far, IFCO has helped food banks in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil and Argentina with over 60,000 environmentally friendly reusable crates. In the USA, IFCO’s crates are even used for the transport of fruit and vegetables directly from growers to the needy.
“We are very proud to support the Tower Hamlets Foodbank trough the donation of the van and our RPCs. With the support of the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, we were able to co-finance a refrigerated van to secure Tower Hamlets’ deliveries“, said Chris Taylor. “The food banks’ core business, providing a stable supply of food, is similar to our business, therefore IFCO and the Tower Hamlets Foodbank are a perfect match.”