Tameside Council worked hard to secure donations or items at reduced prices from businesses across the borough and Greater Manchester. Businesses stepped up to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic by providing vital items to be shared with residents.
They acquired donations of over 11,000 items and have been given a discounted rate on a further 10,700 items which included carrier bags, cardboard boxes, cakes, sausages, pet food and portable toilets based at the food hub. These came from a variety of local businesses including Challenger Site Services, Peter James Packaging, Weedons, Kerry Food, Park Cakes, Home Bargains Jollyes and IKEA.
These donations have been used to support people who are in self-isolation and may find themselves vulnerable with no family, friends or neighbours who can support them.
Some Tameside Council staff have been redeployed to help package up food parcels and provide deliveries to residents throughout the borough.
Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council Executive Member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: “Across the council we’re receiving lots of support from Tameside businesses in response to the pandemic. I’d like to thank them for helping us to support the more vulnerable members of our community with their donations. I’m proud of the continued efforts that are being put in by #TeamTameside to ensure we can provide vital support throughout our borough at this challenging time.