B&M is donating £1million to UK food banks to fight coronavirus-related supply gap

This is wonderful news and B&M has set an excellent example for other businesses to follow.

I hope they will.

Food banks have been struggling as members of the public quit funding and donating to them in order to panic-buy goods in anticipation of the coronavirus crisis.

Discount retailer B&M [has] announced a national £1 million donation to support UK food banks.

Each one of its 670 stores will support a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation of food, cleaning and personal hygiene goods to reach struggling families.

Source: B&M is donating £1million to UK food banks amid coronavirus crisis – Birmingham Live

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  1. trev March 22, 2020 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Well that’s good news, though I can’t help but remind myself that B&M participated in Tory Workfare with unpaid workers who would have been foodbank users themselves had they refused to do unpaid work, or arrived late or took a day off.

    Donations are still coming in at my local foodbank though it is usually a fairly quiet time of year anyway, and I might be mistaken but I think we normally get a lot more chocolate Easter eggs being donated than we have received so far this year. We received a large food donation on Friday from a Infants School that has now closed, a teacher brought it in her car, which is very generous and heartwarming. Several donations have come in from people who haven’t donated before, unfortunately some contained a lot of out-of-date produce that we can’t use, probably what’s happening is people are cleaning their cupboards out as they have restocked with new stuff.

  2. The Toffee (597) March 22, 2020 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Spot-on Trev. One of the biggest workfare exploiters about, they were.

    AFAIK, they’re still one of the lowest-paying outlets in the retail sector.

  3. Martin Odoni March 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Very much to their credit. But I wish they’d realise that these sorts of donations are needed when there isn’t a pandemic going around as well. Food-poverty happens at all times under Austerity, not just at times when the BBC website has a whole new section devoted to ‘Coronavirus’.

    • Mike Sivier March 22, 2020 at 4:39 pm - Reply


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