A district initiative to provide food to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic takes off!

A regional Rotary (District 1220) foodbank delivery scheme is up and running, delivering one hundred and fifty thousand food items to people in need in the next eight weeks across South Yorkshire and the East Midlands. Driven by Rotarians and the drive and generosity of East Midlands Chamber member - international haulage firm Taylors Transport.

Explains Rotary’s co-ordinator John Cavey: “We could see a huge and growing need for foodbanks and we in Rotary are committed to helping meet that need. From our own charity funds, we have already allocated £35,000 to buy goods wholesale. Our plan is to extend that with another £60,000 by the end of July. By then we hope many more businesses will see the benefit in what we are doing for some of the country’s most needy and become supporters of the scheme.”

Without warehousing and an effective distribution network, Rotary4foodbanks would not be able to operate on the scale that is needed to meet that growing demand. That’s where local businessman and long-time Rotarian, Alan Taylor, stepped in setting aside warehouse space and delivery vehicles. "Why wouldn’t you help when you see people in need?” Alan says. “Even though we work internationally we have always been rooted in the East Midlands and it is only right to give back to the community in which you are based. It is a philosophy which runs right through to the heart of the business.”

John Cavey said, “We are relying on the generosity of the public, Rotary Clubs, and businesses like Alan’s, to see us through.”

Anyone wanting to help in the programme - or foodbanks requiring Rotary4foodbanks - support can contact John Cavey at or Tel: 07855 299443