Scotland Excel

16 Dec 2020

Serving up kindness during the pandemic response

We take a look at some of the acts of community kindness shown by our food framework suppliers


We’re continuing the theme of community kindness shown by suppliers this year and now are taking a look at the generosity shown by our food framework suppliers.

Our food suppliers adapted quickly to the challenges of lockdown to continue to supply goods to councils and meet their changing needs, including providing food packs to the vulnerable.

And they also demonstrated some amazing acts of kindness by giving substantial support to food banks and other food charities to provide the elderly, vulnerable and those shielding with healthy meals.

Here are some examples of community kindness shown by our food framework suppliers during the covid-19 pandemic response:

Downies of Whitehills collected fish donations from local boats and processed it free of charge at their factory so that fresh fish could be given out to at a local food bank. They also set up a free home delivery service.

Shetland Freezer & Food Centre handled distribution for food parcels for the clinically vulnerable. Drivers made sure special diets were catered for and kept a close eye on those who were shielding, taking the time to have a socially-distanced chat with them.

The UK Foodhall Ltd donated money and fabric to charity ‘for the love of scrubs’ to support its face coverings work. They also donated a pallet of 72 cases of the Premium Cooked Turkey Breast Slice 50g to FairShare to support its work in fighting hunger.

Swansons Fruit Company supported a local gardening project for adults with learning difficulties with staff time and a £1500 donation.

While T.P.S Fruit Vegetables Limited donated multiple packs of fresh fruit and vegetables to NHS staff and donated ingredients to restaurants who were offering cooked meals to those in need.

Gordon McWilliam offered free deliveries to all NHS sites, care homes, to those who were shielding, and also offered 10% discount for key workers.

AG Barr donated supplies to key workers at six NHS sites and to six food banks. They also donated supplies of hand sanitiser to front line workers at a mental health group, sponsored a local football team, and donated PPE and cleaning supplies to a local medical centre.

Brakes Bros Ltd donated £144,703 worth of food to many local food banks, Green Gourmet donated and distributed boxes of food to local communities, and Apetito worked with the Bethany Trust helping to provide meals for homeless people.


All absolutely amazing! A huge well done to these suppliers.