Currently staff and volunteers employed by TCS make use of their own cars where food parcels and other crisis relief needs to be delivered though the majority of such activity is undertaken by paid staff. other transport requirements include collection of food stocks from community based donation points and food retailers. Staff also visit local schools and colleges to give talks on the work of TCS and help promote active citizenship for all ages.
Food parcels and other goods are delivered where service users have no access to private transport and the poor public transport network prohibits easy access to the main collection point. There have also been instances of domestic violence where a service users partner has felt shamed by the other being seen publicly to access the food bank.
TCS is therefore desperate to raise fund for a small commercial electric vehicle that would be both economical to run and maintain whilst more friendly to the environment. To this end we have identified a Renault Kangoo Z. E. would fit our requirements which retails at £17,298 together with the installation of a power-point charger at £149 and insurance costs of £478 per annum. The electricity costs per annum based on an estimate of 500 miles per week would come to £780 giving a total funding request for five year including purchase of the van of £23,737.
TCS would also ensure that the van included its logo and contact details together with those of Aviva as sponsers in the livary of the van’s external paintwork. The Aviva logo would also appear on all letter heads and promotional materials