Charity consortium distributes £68m worth of goods and services amid pandemic

More than £68m worth of goods and services has been distributed over the last year by a consortium of charity infrastructure bodies that urges businesses to donate software, food and equipment to charities.

The Product Giving Alliance has distributed the goods and services since being founded in May 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisations involved include FareShare, which distributes food including to school breakfast clubs, the homeless and older people’s groups; discounted and donated software platform Charity Digital; and consumer goods distribution charity In Kind Direct.

Also involved is UK based global NGO International Health Partners with distributes medical supplies.

Goods and services distributed includes eight million hygiene products to 250,000 people from In Kind Direct, £13m of discounted software via Charity Digital, 131.9m meals to vulnerable people from FareShare.

Meanwhile, International Health Partners has provided 9.1m medical treatments, supporting three million people including Covid-19 patients.

“For those families, households and individuals that have struggled to access food, toiletries, medicine or technology during lockdown, the continued work of the thousands of charities the Product Giving Alliance supports is vital, said a statement from the four organisation’s chief executives.

“We make donating easy for companies, as well as giving them the confidence that their stock can achieve real impact. We encourage more businesses to see what is possible and step up however they can.”

One of the charities supported. Glasgow based Sunnny Sid3up said: “On a daily basis, the products made available to us help struggling families that we support. From personal hygiene products to essential household items; without this support we would be helping 70% less families.”

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