Michelle Davies and David Booth of Hyndburn Helpers were immediately invited to the housewares supplier’s Lancashire offices and shown a selection of the plastic boxes produced at the company’s factory.
What More UK marketing & product development manager Adam Wilkinson explained: “As a large local manufacturer, we’re very aware of our place in the community and we take a pride in it.
“Many of our workforce live or grew up in the Hyndburn area. So to find out that people are in need of food there was a real eye-opener.
“When we heard of the great community work that the Hyndburn Helpers do, and found out they were desperate for plastic storage for their food bank, we really wanted to help.”
After Michelle and David explained the scope of the project, it seemed that the Wham Bam range of plastic boxes would be ideal.
With a large amount of food to be stored and distributed, the boxes needed to be robust, secure and allow for a system of identification. The colour-coded options of the Wham Bam boxes help in sorting the donated food – one of the biggest tasks facing the volunteers.
Adam said: “In donating our strongest, secure boxes, we know that Michelle, David and the team will not have to worry about storing and protecting the food.”
Michelle commented: “After people from around the community have been so generous in donating to the food bank, we want to make sure that we can store it all securely and get it to the people who need it most in the local area. Having good strong boxes, which keep the food safe and secure, is vitally important.
“We are totally reliant on donations, as we receive no government funding. When the team at What More UK delivered the boxes, we quickly filled them all. They said that if we needed some more they could help, and we are receiving a second delivery this week.”
The Wham Bam range is made at What More UK’s 500,000sq ft purpose-built manufacturing facility in Altham, close to Burnley. Products in the range are available in sizes from 2.3 litres to 150 litres.
What More UK is a leading manufacturer of plastic housewares under the Wham brand. The business has a portfolio of more than 700 products.
What More UK marketing & product development manager Adam Wilkinson (centre) with Michelle Davies and Dave Booth of Hyndburn Helpers