'Tis the season of feasts and gatherings. And to help ensure everyone gets a chance to step-up to the plate - including people sleeping rough - The Community Farm have joined forces with Caring in Bristol for their 2018 Caring at Christmas project.
The organic enterprise, who farm on 15 acres overlooking Chew Valley Lake, will be selling special veg boxes and seasonal gifts on behalf of the charity. And they’ll be encouraging their customers to make contributions, and to take-up one of the over 1,000 volunteering opportunities available.
All monies raised will go towards the purchase of organic vegetables, fresh from The Farm, which will be delivered, then dished-up, during the festive initiative. In 2017, Caring at Christmas served a staggering 3,902 meals.
Working together with a charity in this way, is a first for The Community Farm. Managing Director, Ped Asgarian, is delighted to be making a positive impact to people’s lives.
He said: “The Community Farm is proudly supporting the charity Caring in Bristol this Christmas - giving the gift of good food to people experiencing homelessness in the city.
“Helping to feed rough sleepers with organic, ethical veg and fruit, feels the right thing to do. Enabling our customers to get involved too, is another great opportunity to highlight the issue of homelessness.
Ped concluded: “Feasting around the table is a wonderful way to bring people together. It makes great social glue. It reminds us of what Christmas should really be about; sharing, caring and communities.”
Caring in Bristol’s Caring at Christmas project has been supporting homeless and vulnerable people over the festive period for over 30 years. It provides day and night support, offering shelter, food, clothing, emotional and health support and social activities for people in need in Bristol. The project is funded almost entirely by public donations and relies on support from volunteers and community partners, such as The Farm.
Jenny Duffy, Fundraising and Communications Lead for Caring in Bristol said: “We believe in community solutions to community problems, so we are really delighted to partner with The Community Farm this Christmas.
“Through providing fresh fruit and veg and raising awareness of the issue, The Community Farm and its customers will be helping to have a real, positive impact in the lives of those who visit our day centre and night shelter.
“Our Caring at Christmas project relies on individual donations to run so partnerships such as this are invaluable to ensuring we can deliver our work and make a difference this Christmas.”
For more details about how you can help The Community Farm to support the Caring at Christmas campaign, visit www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk