nisa trade show food bank donation

Some four-and-a-half tonnes worth of food left over from Nisa’s annual trade show has been donated to food banks in the Midlands.

Stock from the buying group’s Store of the Future 2 installation along with goods from supplier stands at the Stoneleigh exhibition were delivered to food banks across the Coventry, Warwick and Birmingham area.

Nisa, which has run the initiative for the last three years, said the donations helped up to 500 people struggling to feed themselves and their families.

“The suppliers were, as always, incredibly generous in their donations and this year we also had our Store of the Future stock, which we were able to donate a good proportion of,” said Nisa events and exhibitions manager Clare Bryant.

Almost two tonnes of fresh and chilled produce were distributed immediately, while remaining groceries, including drinks, crisps, and chocolates, went into the food banks’ stock to be donated over the coming weeks.

Chocolate Easter eggs were also taken to food banks to share with local children.

“A donation of this size means such a lot to the people in Coventry,” said Coventry Foodbank project manager Hugh McNeill.

“We have a food bank open every day of the week and we are currently feeding more than 300 people weekly from our 16 centres alone. We are extremely grateful to Nisa for their continued support and look forward to next year when we can work together again.”