Northern Ireland-based Lynas Foodservice has gained a £1.25m contract to provide supplies for vulnerable people in the local community.
Lynas won the contract after a formal tender process and it will now be able to draw on its experience of working with the Department for Communities to deliver 12,000 food boxes each week for those shielding from Covid-19.
The new contract, which will run for two months until the end of March, will see Lynas delivering 50 different household essentials each week to be picked and packed by organisations and community groups to suit the needs of the recipients.
“We’re a third generation family business that is rooted to the local community,” said manaign director Andrew Lynas. “We’re delighted that we can play our part in delivering much-needed help and support to those who need it at a time when it’s needed most.
“Delivering food boxes last year really made a difference to those who received them and we’re all thrilled that we can play such a key role in supporting the local community once more.”
FWD chief executive James Bielby said it was great to see wholesalers like Lynas helping the most vulnerable in their communities, especially at a time when so many of their regular customers are closed, and they are facing severe financial pressure themselves. “Food wholesalers have had a raw deal from the UK Government in the last year, and initiatives like this demonstrate just how valuable they are to communities, small food and drink businesses, and the economy.”