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Festive fare for ‘soup kitchen’

Dunstable Sainsbury's staff cooked Christmas dinner for Salvation Army Soup Kitchen members and volunteers

Dunstable Sainsbury's staff cooked Christmas dinner for Salvation Army Soup Kitchen members and volunteers

Big-hearted Dunstable Sainsbury’s staff cooked a tasty Christmas dinner for members and volunteers at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Nine staff members went along to cook and serve up the delicious dinners.

Store spokeswoman Elaine Wilson said: “It was such a lovely evening, the members really enjoyed their meals and every one of the colleagues said it was such a heartwarming experience being able to give something back to members of the community who are not as lucky as themselves.

“We work very closely with the Salvation Army, they do so much in the local community and it is fantastic that we are able to support them.”

Sainsbury’s Cafe has begun donating food regularly to the soup kitchen.

The produce department has already been giving donations to the Salvation Army for a number of years, to be distributed to soup kitchen members and within the community.

Now the cafe is donating cakes, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and other food items which would otherwise end up in the bin.

Cafe manager Sarah White said: “We hate wasting food and we really believe that old saying, ‘waste not, want not’.

“We are really happy that a charity within our local community can benefit from our food donations.”

The store also came to the rescue for a group of mums and their babies and toddlers, who meet weekly at the Salvation Army centre.

They had no funds for a Christmas party but Sainsbury’s gave them a donation for food and presents.

Youngsters met Santa, received a present and enjoyed a Christmas dinner.

 

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