Radar Healthcare, an award-winning digital health firm based in Leeds, has chosen Leeds South and East Foodbank as its Charity of the Year. Radar became aware that the Foodbank had seen a steep increase in demand in recent months and wanted to help it to increase capacity during the pandemic.
Leeds South and East Foodbank currently manages eleven distribution centres coordinated from a main site in Beeston, providing emergency food parcels and signposting support to members of the local community who are particularly vulnerable.
The charity has witnessed a 45% increase in need of its services since the lockdown in March, largely as a result of the economic consequences of Covid-19. Support provided by the organisation is comprehensive and focuses on ensuring basic nutritional needs are met and on reducing the stress and anxiety of food poverty.
Radar’s partnership with Leeds South and East Foodbank will help to maintain the continuity of the Foodbank services throughout the lockdown, so that those isolating or experiencing a reduced income due to unemployment or furlough don’t go hungry.
As part of this collaboration, Radar Healthcare will set up a collection point at their offices so that staff and others can individually donate food to support the charity. In addition, the company will make a cash donation to the Foodbank for every nomination they receive for their Radar Hero Awards, an initiative to champion those making a huge difference to patient care.
Paul Johnson, CEO of Radar Healthcare, commented:
“We’re passionate about improving healthcare, and not just through software. Poverty and hunger have a huge impact on health and wellbeing at an individual level and so I’m very proud we are able to support Leeds South and East Foodbank.”
John Casey, the Foodbank’s Chair of Trustees, added:
“Leeds South and East Foodbank is looking forward to a productive partnership with Radar Healthcare. As Radar Healthcare’s ‘Charity of the Year’, we will use the additional resources to bring hope and practical support to local people who are unable to feed themselves and their families.”
If you or someone you know requires a food parcel, please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau who are referring clients on behalf of the Foodbank. Their number is 0808 208 2138 and they are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
This post is based on a press release issued on behalf of Radar Healthcare
Photo: Jason White, Warehouse Manager, Leeds South & East Foodbank