Deadline of 26 September to request Waitrose Christmas meal support

September 18th, 2015 by Waitrose

Waitrose will help support elderly, homeless and vulnerable people in the community this Christmas for the third year running.

The support is aimed at cutting the number of those who feel lonely or isolated at what is the most sociable time of the year for many others.

The retailer will help support local Christmas lunch events for people who might otherwise be on their own on Christmas day.

While the Admiral Park branch will be supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas lunch, the Rohais branch is asking organisers of Christmas dinner events to get in touch where they can apply for support from the retailer.

The deadline for requests is 26 September 2015.

The support will see:

  • Every Waitrose shop supporting community Christmas lunch events – offering food, money and other resources
  • Hundreds of Waitrose volunteering hours being offered for Waitrose Partners to help plan events (while being fully paid by Waitrose)
  • Waitrose asking its customers to think of people in their community who might be lonely this Christmas and make small actions that might make a big difference

Each of Waitrose 338 shops will be supporting by volunteering their time, and donating money or produce to put towards community Christmas dinner events.

Waitrose is asking groups to apply for this support from their local branch if they are already organising – or thinking of organising – such a lunch.

Kelly Divall, Community Liaison Partner at Waitrose Rohais, said “we are pleased to be able to offer our support to a Christmas lunch in Rohais and we would encourage organisers to contact us with their plans.”

Waitrose Community Manager Tina Varns said “our branches are at the centre of the communities they serve.”

“We know how important this time of year is to so many people and it is important everyone has the opportunity to enjoy that.”

“We want to play our part in helping more people have a Merry Christmas this year,” she said.

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