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Oakland keeps food flowing to Ukraine

[ June 1, 2022   //   ]

Retail logistics company Oakland International’s Leicestershire depot in Bardon is sending up to 20,000 food boxes to the Polish Ukraine border every day to help with the aid effort.

Each box is individually packed and contains a week’s supply of food, and once packed and loaded on to trucks takes less than a week to reach Ukraine. The cost of assembling, packing and delivering the first 500,000 boxes across a continent has been shared between the Ukrainian embassy in London, via the website and the Daily Mail’s Mail Force charity.

Oakland International co-founder and group chief executive Dean Attwell commented: “Raising funds and filling boxes in the East Midlands for delivery to the Ukrainian border is one thing but it is the heroic drivers, truck and train crews delivering these boxes during the final stage of this extreme journey who are risking their lives to ensure that every bag of pasta and every tin of kidney beans ends up in the right place.

“This has been a massive team effort from all involved to make this happen. A huge thank you to our team members who are pulling out all the stops and our sincere thanks to Taras Krykun, the Deputy Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK, who has been a massive supporter of this initiative from the very outset.”

He added: “By providing complete food boxes we make the whole process much easier, and importantly safer for the Ukrainian people who still need to collect food, but as one food box contains enough food to feed a person for seven days, it also helps to reduce the amount of time people need to be outside and therefore their risk of exposure to attack.”

Oakland previously financed and sent 50 trucks full of aid into Ukraine.