Clipper supports Leeds United and Leeds City Council emergency food bank

Clipper Logistics, which distributes goods for John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Asda and Morrisons, has joined forces with Leeds United Foundation and Leeds City Council to deliver essential food packages to vulnerable families who need extra support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Clipper is supporting an emergency food bank set up by Leeds City Council to help the homeless, families in poverty and NHS colleagues

Leeds-based Clipper has donated a refrigerated trailer to support an emergency food bank set up by Leeds City Council to help the homeless, families in poverty and NHS colleagues.

As the warmer weather approaches, the council said requests for food parcels are increasing and the refrigerated trailer will support an increase in chilled storage capacity at the council’s Leeds warehouse. The food bank is sited inside the warehouse, where food is taken in, sorted into food parcels and then distributed.

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Mick Doe, transport operations director at Clipper Logistics, said: “In these challenging times, it’s humbling to be able to support those that need it the most and we’re proud to support Leeds United Foundation and Leeds City Council in their community initiative.

“We are grateful for Team Clipper, and their continued dedication and hard work that enable us to support supply chain solutions in a rapidly evolving environment.”

Angus Kinnear, chief executive at Leeds United Football Club, added: “These are difficult times for everyone and with so much uncertainty surrounding us it is key for us to work together to help those who really need it.

“The Leeds United Foundation has been working hard with Leeds City Council and a number of other organisations to help provide and deliver food to vulnerable families across the city and I want to say a massive thank you to our partner Clipper for coming on board and supporting the efforts. It is hugely appreciated.”

Cllr Debra Coupar, deputy leader and executive member for communities, said: “I’m delighted by the fantastic offer of support by Clipper Logistics to our emergency food bank programme.

”This will play an important and vital role in the work that we are undertaking through this initiative to ensure that our most vulnerable individuals throughout the city are supported through the coronavirus outbreak.”

Last month, Clipper established a new supply chain for NHS Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products, delivering to NHS Hospital Trusts and other healthcare providers.

From start to finish, mobilisation of the solution took five days, including setting up a full warehouse management system for over 200,000 sq ft of warehousing space.

Clipper is delivering a wide range of PPE products, including gowns, face masks, sanitisers, aprons and gloves.

The PPE is being delivered to over 500 hospitals across the country.

Clipper is using various sites within its nationwide infrastructure to deliver the products.