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Waitrose helps to provide Christmas lunch for 40,000 people

Thursday 28 November 2013

Waitrose has been inundated with requests to help provide Christmas lunch for elderly, homeless and vulnerable people in their local community.

After encouraging local groups to get in touch with their nearest branch to arrange an event, hundreds of applications were received by the retailer's 302 branches.

Waitrose is supporting just under 500 events across the country, with nearly 40,000 people set to benefit from the campaign. The supermarket is donating money towards food and other resources for the lunches.

As well as these donations, Waitrose Partners are volunteering to plan and attend the events, using hours from the Partner Volunteering scheme whilst being fully paid by Waitrose.

At this sociable time of the year, the campaign is aimed at people who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas.

Waitrose Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Manager, Tina Varns, said: 'It is fantastic that Waitrose branches are supporting 40,000 people in their communities over the festive period. Our Partners are really excited about the events and looking forward to working with local causes to spread a little Christmas cheer across the country and make a difference.'

Notes to Editors

The Christmas lunch at St John's Church, Hythe was recently featured in the Waitrose Christmas TV advertisement, with the elderly guests served by Waitrose Dibden Partners as part of this campaign.


For further information, please contact:

Jo Maish,
Corporate Press Assistant, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 825586