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Donated van from Rivus to support food banks in Coventry

Rivus Fleet Solutions has provided the Trussell Trust with a van to support its foodbank work in the Coventry area.

Hugh McNeill, project manager at Trussell Trust’s Coventry Foodbank, with the donated van

The van – already loaned on a no-cost basis and now handed over permanently – will play a vital role as the charity deals with increased demand. Visits to the foodbank have jumped by 30% in the last month as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The vehicle is also aiding the charity’s new focus on home deliveries; previously, the team would deliver food to a series of hubs where it would then be handed out but the home deliveries now bring support to those who are vulnerable and cannot get out of their homes. The van will also be used to support other organisations that are doing similar community work, including councils and other trusts.

Hugh McNeill, project manager at Trussell Trust’s Coventry Foodbank, said:  “It really helps to get the van on a permanent basis and is one less thing to worry about as we focus on supporting those in need. The gesture from Rivus is greatly appreciated and the van will continue to play a vital part in our service.”

McNeill added: “We’re busier than ever due to increased need over the last month. Thankfully, donations of food have also increased, which really helps to balance the rising number of people needing support – but we always need more donations. We’re working hard to ensure our food bank can continue to provide the lifeline of emergency food and additional support for people in crisis so this support from Rivus is vital – thank you.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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