Health and Wellness

A growing number of health concerns in our society threaten the wellbeing of our communities. As a grocery retailer, we have a role to play in helping to tackle growing problems associated with poor diet and lifestyle, such as obesity and diabetes.  At the same time social issues such as an ageing population impact Partners, customers and local communities.

We invest in a number of educational initiatives and awareness raising campaigns to support the health and wellness of our communities.

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Inspiring Children to ‘Grow and Sell’

Our 'Grow and Sell' scheme for primary schools is now in its third year.  This programme aims to educate and inspire children about food and where it comes from. 

The scheme was developed in conjunction with the Waitrose's Leckford Estate and the Seed Pantry. Waitrose stores team up with local primary schools and provide 'Grow and Sell' kits, containing seeds, equipment and growing instructions – everything needed to get school allotments and vegetable patches up and running. Schools can also download a special Grow and Sell app which contains a wealth of information for children, parents and teachers about how crops are farmed and the importance of the environment and seasonality.

So far we have reached almost 250,000 school children and delivered 8,000 kits.

still from man on the moon advertisement

Tackling Isolation

In 2015, Waitrose continued its efforts to combat isolation within the community.  Crisis at Christmas, which welcomed more than 4,000 guests at its homeless centres in 2015 benefitted from a £20,000 donation from Waitrose which covered the cost of vehicle hire to and from its shelters.

To celebrate the popularity of the John Lewis 'Man on the Moon' Christmas advert, Partners were involved in a number of fundraising and volunteering events for Age UK.  In addition, in collaboration with Waitrose as part of its isolation campaign branches supported Christmas events, such as Christmas lunches at their local Age UK.  Age UK representatives were also invited in to branches during the countdown to Christmas to offer advice to customers wishing to support the charity. 

Foodbank donation

Supporting Foodbanks

Waitrose supports the Trussell Trust, which runs the UK’s largest network of foodbanks.  Since 2014, more than 190 Waitrose stores have been hosting permanent collection points, which have provided vital food supplies to over 150 Trussell Trust foodbanks.  Between February and December 2015, donations amounted to the equivalent of over 900,000 meals for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. In addition, Waitrose regularly holds in store, locally arranged, volunteer-run collections.