Why Stagecoach Greater Manchester donated supplies to five food banks in the city region

Stagecoach driver Joanne Morgan unloads food donations from the bus to the food bank at United Estates of Wythenshawe.

There is a famous episode of On The Buses* when Luxton and District decide to change the canteen facilities. After a few complaints about the food portions and Messrs Butler and Co. wanting a bit more than two pork sausages, the canteen staff are replaced by a wall of vending machines. Thankfully, this didn’t happen with Stagecoach Greater Manchester, after a change of canteen supplier. Their changes left the canteens of our city region’s leading bus operator with an abundance of baked beans, a bounty of bread, and a cornucopia of coffee granules. Not to mention a multitude of meat pies.

In cooperation with its charity partner, Forever Manchester, Stagecoach Greater Manchester found a creative way of offloading their surplus food. By delivering it to five food banks across the city region – by bus.

Members of the Sharston, Stockport and Hyde Road depots were on hand to deliver surplus food items to the region’s food banks. The operator was able to donate boxes including tinned items, dry goods and frozen foods to food banks in Longsight, Wythenshawe, Gorton, Moston and Stockport.

As the winter months draw in, and many families are struggling financially due to the effects of COVID-19, donations from foodbanks are crucial to the wellbeing of thousands of people across Greater Manchester.

Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester managing director, said: “There are so many people across Greater Manchester in need of help and support, especially during these difficult and unpredictable times. As a result, it’s important that we, as a key local business, are able to lend a hand to our local communities when needed. 

“Forever Manchester does an incredible job supporting communities across the region and we’ll be continuing to work closely with them for the benefit of the region.”

Jean Mills, Head of Business Development at Forever Manchester, said: “Businesses as well as individuals are struggling in these difficult times and it is forecast to get worse for many before it gets better. And as a charity, we rely on the generosity of others to enable us to do the work we do.

“It’s therefore great that Stagecoach has been able to support its local communities by providing food from its depots and we’ll continue to work with the team there to ensure that the food reaches communities where it’s needed most.  This will make a big difference to people who are struggling on a day-to-day basis.”

Sharon Davis from United Estates of Wythenshawe and Vikki Snowden, from Stagecoach charity partner Forever Manchester, unload food donations from the Stagecoach bus to the food bank at United Estates of Wythenshawe.

An EM60 Presentation, 07 October 2020.

* Canteen Trouble (London Weekend Television/ITV), first shown at 7.25 pm on Sunday 31 October 1971.

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