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(l-r) Gemma Arnott, Eleanor Gray, Katie Simpson, Gayle Baty, Andrew McClelland from Metro Rod

Metro Rod marks 40 years with 40,000 meal donation

To mark 40 years in business, drainage, sewage pump and plumbing specialist, Metro Rod, has donated 40,000 meal donation to FareShare, the UK’s largest charity tackling food waste for social good.

FareShare works with the food industry to take good-to-eat surplus food, which might otherwise go to waste, and redistribute it to a network of 8,500 charities and community groups across the UK. Staff from Metro Rod’s Support Centre in Cheshire spent a day volunteering at the charity’s Greater Manchester warehouse in Openshaw earlier this month. They joined warehouse volunteers to sort and pack fresh produce and other items to be distributed to local charities.

Part of the multi-brand franchise business, Franchise Brands, Metro Rod was established in Cheshire by Gill Walker. The company, initially called A1 Drains, provided basic drainage services and was acquired by Franchise Brands in 2017. Together with its sister company Metro Plumb, Metro Rod now has a 60-strong franchise network offering a range of sophisticated drainage, tanker, sewage pump and plumbing services and a £70 million plus turnover.

Speaking about the anniversary, Peter Molloy, Managing Director of Metro Rod and Franchise Brand’s Water and Waste Division said: “We are extremely proud to have completed our 40th year in business, a significant milestone which bears testament to our expertise and strong service culture.

“We wanted to give something back to the communities in which we operate to celebrate this business achievement. FareShare do amazing work redistributing surplus food and drink to vulnerable people each year across the UK. We are all delighted to be able to support them with this donation of 40,000 meals.”

Gemma Viner, Corporate Partnerships Officer at FareShare commented: “We are so grateful to everyone at Metro Rod for their incredible support, both in their time spent volunteering at our Greater Manchester warehouse and the donation of 40,000 meals.

“This will help make a huge difference to helping us get good-to-eat surplus food to people who need it most, across our network of 8,500 charities and community groups across the UK. These organisations work to tackle the root causes of poverty, offering essential services and using food to help strengthen communities and reduce isolation.”

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