As we enter a new year and a new decade, we’ve thought long and hard about how best to do our bit and give something back to the communities which have welcomed us with open arms, and without whose support we wouldn’t be able to keep doing what we love.
Lots of businesses, big and small, choose a charity to support, organising fundraising events throughout the year. Given the phenomenal response to our “Nobody Should Be Hungry” Christmas campaign, however, and the clear and obvious need within the community, we’ve decided to keep this initiative going into 2020.
Ultimately we make our living out of feeding people, and this sadly means that much as we’d like to we cannot commit to giving ever meal away without charge, as we’d be out of business in no time…and then we and our staff would be joining the thousands going hungry! But that doesn’t mean we can’t pull out all of the stops, and do what we can.
And that is our pledge – simply to do what we can, in the hope that by working together we can ensure that none of our friends and neighbours have to go without. We’re committing to provide free, hot and nutritious meals to all who need them throughout the year – it’s going to take a couple of weeks to put a framework in place, but we hope to offer a similar campaign to that we ran at Christmas every couple of months throughout 2020, with those in need (or their friends/relatives/support workers and others in the community) able to book hot meals to be delivered to their door or collected from our shops, without fear of being judged or asked to justify their need.
As with the Christmas campaign, we’re taking these steps on the basis that we expect to cover all of the costs ourselves – our way of giving a little something back – but at the same time, once we’ve got proper plans in place there will be an opportunity for those who are able to, and want to help, to contribute.
You may also remember that earlier in 2019 we discussed the idea of launching a Community Fridge at our Newton Deli shop. Time ran away from us and this had to be put on the back burner, however having seen the challenges that so many local people and families are facing, often through no fault of their own, we are also committing to implementing this by the end of the month.
We will provide and stock the fridge, and this will be freely accessible to all during our opening hours, on the simple basis of “Take what you need, give what you can.” No payment will be taken for any produce in the fridge – it will be at the front of the shop, so you can simply help yourselves should you need to – and there’s no expectation or requirement to donate anything, but we hope that those fortunate enough to be able to may add the occasional items to help their neighbours and friends through difficult times.
Watch this space for further announcements as we finalise our plans over the coming days.
No Questions. No Judgement. Nobody Should Be Hungry.