Buy 1 Give 1 Free Update

Written on April 8th, 2021

We’re delighted to say that we’ve been able to donate over 15,000 food bank items in under 3 months with our ‘Buy One Give One Free’ Initiative. Introduced in November 2020, it’s a scheme which means for every qualifying item that you buy in store, you can pick one up completely free of charge to donate to your store’s food bank collection point.

We introduced the scheme to assist in the increase in demand for food banks during the pandemic, with more families needing support with essential food and hygiene products. All donations are distributed to each store’s local food bank partner, to support people experiencing food poverty in the local community.

Customer Experience Manager and pioneer behind Booths Food Bank Donation programme Colin Porter, said,

We’re overwhelmed by the support of both customers and our supplier base who have helped Booths keep local food banks topped up in times of high demand. We’re grateful for the generous donations and their continued support.

Neil Reid, Chair of Blackpool Food Bank said,

Demand for food bank produce has tripled since March 2020 and shows no visible sign of abating.  We support families and individuals by providing 12,000 meals per week across our network. The support from Booths as a long standing “friend” is vital.

Jane Chitnis, Manager of the Ribble Valley foodbank said,

The food which we collect from Clitheroe and Longridge Booths are our major donations each week and is a mainstay of our supply.  This regular donation is vitally important to us and having some items of fresh fruit and vegetables to distribute is a real benefit, especially for families with children.

We continue to need a wide variety of items, including non-perishable food and toiletries and household items, laundry and cleaning products. We update any items we are in short supply of on our facebook page every week, so if you feel you can spare a few items from your weekly shop, please support us.

Ken Phillips from Chorley Help the Homeless,

We get a full shopping trolley from Booths every week and it’s amazing.  We post lists in the Chorley store of what we are short of, and shoppers read that list, as the requested items can be found in the donated items. We are also able to add letters of thanks to the trolley and Booths have posted our letters of thanks in the window so all can see how grateful we are.

Tony Walker from Lancaster food bank said,

We saw a massive increase, over double the demand for food parcels during the two lockdowns last year.  The situation is uncertain in for many families, what will happen when that funding stops and furlough comes to an end isn’t clear – but we will do everything we can to help.

Ian Robertson from the Hope Central food bank in Knutsford said,

Hope Central Food Bank are working to support as many people and families as possible. The work that Booths are doing with customer donations, fresh food and the Booths card is fantastic and makes a real difference.

Jane Wearing from Ilkley Food Bank said,

Booths has been working closely with Ilkley Food Bank for many years and the support of Booths in Ilkley has been absolutely vital to the work we do.

We have 45 clients regularly using the food bank and have seen an upsurge in demand during the pandemic. We are thankful for the tremendous support we get from Booths, as the Ilkley Food Bank relies entirely on donations from the general public, so the collection point at Booths is extremely important to us.

Hale Barns Booths are partnered with The Bread and Butter Thing, an affordable food service that provides provide three bags of food (fruit/veg, chilled goods, cupboard staples) worth at least £35 for £7.50. The organization operates in a variety of deprived and low-income communities who struggle to afford and access quality, nutritious food.   

Mark Game, CEO of The Bread and Butter Thing said,

Working with Booths is an enormously valuable partnership for TBBT. Booths have supported us since we launched in 2016 and we’re grateful for the company’s continued support. We received 11 tonnes of food in 2020 – that’s the equivalent of 26,000 meals for our members.

The food that comes from Booths is always varied and of a great quality, ensuring that we can feed our members nutritious food that they wouldn’t normally be able to access including fresh fruit and veg.

The need for support has grown by 239% during the pandemic and we’re providing good nutritious food to help families in need.

Linda Sutherland, the manager of Kendal’s Kings Food Bank said,

The donations we receive are vital to our work in the local community. The link we have with Booths is important in the work of the food bank.  We are constantly in need of sponge puddings, UHT semi-skimmed milk, instant pasta, instant noodles, instant mash, tins of rice pudding, custard and large tins of vegetables.

Just 9 weeks into 2020, we have supplied over 12,000 meals to individuals and families in the local area.  The number of people we are supporting has increased significantly over the last 12 months and we are supporting more families than in previous years.

We’re very grateful for our customers and suppliers’ continued support. Look out at shelf edge for products included in the scheme. You can read more about our Food bank partnerships by clicking here.