Waitrose helps young homeless people in Stamford

From left, Waitrose store personnel manager Rachel Mallia, Shyp House resident Antony Garratt and Shyp House assistant manager Sarah Hamblin.
From left, Waitrose store personnel manager Rachel Mallia, Shyp House resident Antony Garratt and Shyp House assistant manager Sarah Hamblin.

Young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Stamford are to get supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables to add to their daily diet from the town’s Waitrose.

It follows an agreement between Stamford Young Person’s Project, known as Shyp House, and the supermarket.

Shyp House provides accommodation and support for 16 to 25 year olds, providing them with life skills and access to training and education and help with getting jobs.

Now staff from Shyp House are able to collect fresh vegetables and fruits from the West Street store twice a week.

Sarah Hamblin, assistant manager at Shyp House said: “Living on benefits or very low wages is hard and a diet of pasta, beans and noodles is not very inspiring. The Waitrose donations will add variety and healthy options to their diets.”

Carole Rogers, retail support manager at Waitrose in Stamford, said the supermarket was delighted to help.

She said: “All Waitrose branches are actively encouraged, through our social responsibility brief, to find charities that we can help and this charity was one we thought we could help.”