Food will be the focus of SA Law’s caring at Christmas campaign as we set up a festive foodbank in our St Albans City centre office.
SA Law will have a food collection box in the reception at the office in Gladstone Place, 36-38 Upper Marlborough Road, St Albans AL1 3UU, from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday from November 7 to December 13.
Staff, clients, friends and neighbours are being asked to donate food which will be shared equally between three wonderful charities working to alleviate the hardship of homelessness within the City during Christmas 2016.
SA Law is asking staff and neighbours to donate food that equates to how much they would have spent on Christmas cards for colleagues or perhaps to donate a set sum each week for the duration of the foodbank.
SA Law Partner and Director of Finance and Business Support, Gill Garrett said: “We are appealing to everyone to support our Christmas foodbank appeal for the homeless. No matter what you give, however great or small, your donation will directly impact on the lives of homeless people in our city.
“We all know it’s good to give and that is especially so at Christmas.
“The three charities we are helping provide vital support, resources and sustenance to the homeless community and in the winter months the work they do is even more important and can be potentially life-saving.”
The food donations will be split between:
- Centre 33 a charity which SA Law has previously worked alongside through the Dragon’s Apprentice mentoring scheme. The charity is run by volunteers and offers a drop-in centre where homeless people can take shelter, socialise and receive a free meal.
- Herts Young Homeless which is the chosen charity of the Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Frances Leonard. HYH offers a temporary, emergency accommodation service, known as “Crashpad”, for young people aged 16 and 24 as well as mediation services.
- The Salvation Army offers “lifehouse” emergency accommodation and warm meals for the homeless, elderly and isolated.
Items recommended for donation include: non-perishables such as tinned and dried foods (vegetables, fruit, meat, beans); tea and coffee; pasta and rice; pot noodles; long life milk; biscuits; soup; cooking sauces; instant mashed potato; cereal bars and sugar.
People can also donate cooking bags which can be used for heating food in kettles. Any fresh food donated will be distributed to the charities on a daily basis.