MAXUS UK has launched a special Christmas Food Appeal to support people in need this festive season.

From 5-18 December, almost 40 participating MAXUS dealerships the length and breadth of the country will be collecting food bank donations in a bid to help people in need, particularly in the face of rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

Mark Barrett, General Manager of Harris MAXUS said: “Foodbanks provide emergency food and support to families and individuals who find themselves in financial crisis. They rely heavily upon donations, particularly during the festive period. This year, the number of people depending on their local food bank has increased dramatically due to the rising cost of living. In response, we are calling on local residents, customers and neighbouring businesses to donate what they can to our food bank appeal this December. Together we can make a difference - all donations are welcome however big or small.”

A recent survey1 found that 93% of food banks in the UK have reported an increase or significant increase in the need for their services since the star of 2022 and 80% have struggled with food supply issues.

To support the food appeal initiative, MAXUS has committed to providing 37 specially liveried eDELIVER 9 electric vans to participating dealerships. The vans will act as visible drop-off points at the 37 dealerships who will complete a zero-emission journey to their local food bank with items donated.

Non-perishable food items are welcome, such as, pastas, rice, noodles, tinned fruit and veg, jars of sauce, jams, powdered soup, cereals, lentils, beans, pulses, tea, coffee and tinned meat.

Christmas biscuit tins, puddings and children’s selection boxes will also be accepted, as well was non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products.

MAXUS asks that all donations are clearly labelled and that food donations are unopen and are not damaged. Please note that fresh or frozen food will not be accepted.