Flagship festive food boxes for those in need
For a third year, Flagship Group staff are filling boxes with food for people in need in time for Christmas.
The East Anglian-based housing provider is working together with local charities - The Trussell Trust, St Martins and the Woodbridge Salvation Army.
Every team across the organisation is supporting the campaign by filling and decorating a box. Each working day during December the boxes full of non-perishable items will be delivered by a Flagship employee to one of the charities.
The Flagship campaign supports its ethical approach aligning with its Corporate Social Responsibility value – Social Value.
Over the last two years Flagship has delivered almost 40 boxes to local charities. Deputy Chief Executive Helen Walsham said: “As a housing provider for people in need, some of our customers may themselves receive the charity boxes. At this time of year, especially, it is important to think of others and offer what we can to those who may not be as fortunate as us.
“In previous years, we’ve had a fantastic response across the business and I’m really pleased we’re again doing something to make a positive difference.”
Once the boxes have been delivered by Flagship, the charities will distribute them among people in their communities.
Hannah Worsley, Project Manager at the Norwich Foodbank said: “Over the last 2 years, staff across Flagship have provided us with the equivalent of almost 280 meals to local people referred to us in crisis. In December 2018, we expect to give out over 1,000 parcels, each providing the recipient with 3 days of food so this support from Flagship is really appreciated at this time of year.”
Leader of the Woodbridge Salvation Army Alan Hill said: “The Christmas Story inspires us as a church to reach out to those in need, but we can't meet the demand without the support of generous supporters and organisations like Flagship. To which we are so grateful.”
Dr Jan Sheldon, CEO of St Martins said: “The people we support really appreciate these thoughtfully chosen donations from Flagship at Christmas. At any one time we support around 200 people, including people in hostel accommodation and those in the community. This can be difficult time of year for them and the gifts help them feel valued and remembered.”