Stansted Airport delivers more donations to Uttlesford's food bank
Harrods jam, Marmite and peanut butter are just some of the products donated by Stansted Airport to food banks over the last two years.
In all, 15 tonnes of items have been handed over. A team of volunteers dropped off the latest delivery of food and toiletries to the Uttlesford charity in Saffron Walden on Friday September 19 for distribution to families in the area.
The airport donates items surrendered by passengers at security which are then sorted and transported by the volunteers to East Herts and Uttlesford.
Stansted's corporate affairs director, Jonathan Oates, who was part of the team delivering 13 boxes of items, said: "While we would urge our 28 million passengers who travel through Stansted every year to always prepare correctly for passing through security before they leave home and avoid having to surrender items they are mistakenly carrying in their hand luggage, this partnership with the local food banks ensures many items go to those who are most in need within the community.
"From preserves and spreads to tinned fish and cans of deodorant, a variety of potential donations are regularly left behind and our team of volunteers sort and transport to the food banks. As well as supporting local families, the scheme helps our staff stay connected with the communities around the airport."
Sophie Durlacher, a trustee of Uttlesford's food bank, said: "We're always very grateful to Stansted Airport when it comes to replenishing our Marmite supplies!
"In all seriousness, it's a brilliant initiative which ensures goods which might otherwise end up in landfill are redistributed to those in need and we're very happy, along with other local food banks, to be part of this scheme."
Since the launch of the scheme in 2017, the airport has helped support more than 3,000 families. The initiative received major recognition by winning gold at the Green Apple Environmental Best Practice Awards in 2018.