The money has been donated to the Trussell Trust and to foodbanks in the Company’s local communities, including Kent, Cumbria, Hampshire, Monmouthshire, Lancashire and Glasgow.
It will fund emergency food parcels and cover operational costs so goods can be safely stored, sorted and distributed.
Ian Townsend-Blazier, Business Development Manager for FareShare Kent Family Foodbank, which received £16,700, said: “BAE Systems’ donation will enable us to deliver over 1,175 food boxes, providing almost 40,000 meals for those who need them most.
“Recently we have seen a substantial increase in demand for all our food services and we know many families are struggling with the cost of living crisis and are now reaching breaking point. Having this support from BAE Systems will literally be life saving for some people and we are very thankful for all the support so we can help others.”
Foodbanks often rely on the help of volunteers in the community to distribute donations and a number of BAE Systems employees play an active part.
Sarah, who works in BAE Systems’ Digital Intelligence business, volunteers at her local foodbank. She said: “We meet people at the foodbank who are in work, between jobs and caring for people. Everyone is always so grateful for the food, the generosity and for what we’re able to provide. People can get emotional when they see the food parcel we’ve packed up for them and it’s so rewarding to see the difference we’re able to make.”
The donations are one part of BAE Systems’ community investment work, which focuses on providing support in three key areas of local communities, education and the armed forces. In 2021, BAE Systems contributed more than £11m to organisations across the world through charitable sponsorships, donations, employee fundraising and volunteering.