Waitrose pledges to support Christmas lunches for the elderly

Written by Peter Davison.

Last year's Town Hall Christmas lunch, which catered for 64 OAPsLast year's Town Hall Christmas lunch, which catered for 64 OAPsOrganisers of Christmas lunches for elderly, vulnerable or homeless people are being urged to contact Waitrose, who are offering funding, goods and support in a bid to tackle isolation this winter.

It is the second year that Waitrose has pledged support for Christmas lunches for the elderly and vulnerable. Its 326 branches will be supporting by volunteering their time and donating money or produce to put towards community Christmas dinner events.

Organisers need to put their names forward before Saturday, October 18 to be considered for assistance.

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.”

Over the past six years, Waitrose’s green token scheme, Community Matters, has seen £19 million given to 55,000 good causes, while 75,000 working days each years are given to the voluntary sector in staff support.