Loneliness is a real challenge facing society. Through Community Matters, Waitrose supports good causes, including those who organise lunch clubs and other social activities to bring local people together.
Since 2014, permanent collection points have been present in Waitrose core stores for donations to The Trussell Trust network of foodbanks. In 2016/17 the equivalent of over 1 million meals were donated by Waitrose customers.
To extend our support, this year Waitrose began a three-year sponsorship, encouraging Partners and customers to raise money by hosting a 'Tea for Trussell' tea party. The initiative will help fund vital services such as the Trust's 'More Than Food' programme. This aims to tackle the underlying causes of poverty by offering immediate help at the point of crisis. Waitrose will also be helping fund Trussell Trust's 'Eat Well Spend Less' courses, which cover basic cookery, budgeting and nutrition.