The Garden House, Norwich, part of the award-winning Craft Union Pub Company, is handing out over 3000 meal pouches and 300 Winter Warmth Flasks to the homeless in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, in conjunction with hospitality charity, Only A Pavement Away (OAPA).
This charitable activity forms part of the company-wide initiative at Craft Union, called Tears for Tiers – a campaign helping local communities throughout the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions. Over the next few months, volunteers from across the Craft Union community, dubbed the CraftySqaud, will take part in Tears for Tiers. They will help organise local food banks to feed the hungry, help hospitality homeless and start toy appeals to ensure every local child wakes up on Christmas morning to a present.

The meal pouches that The Garden House will be handing out include a variety of dishes, they are also include tinned food, cutlery and flasks provided by OAPA.. The 3000 meal pouches will be split across the following local initiatives: 500 meals will go to St Martins hostels in Norwich, 500 will go to Norwich City Council’s Pathway Scheme, 500 meals will go to the Tribal Trust soup kitchen in Great Yarmouth. 250 meals will go to Project Nova, Norfolk based initiative working with veterans. A further 250 will go to Soul Church for their soup kitchen in Norwich and, finally, the pub team will be handing out over 1000 meal pouches in Red Cross parcels in December to local families and the vulnerable.

Jonathon Childs, operator of The Garden House, said: “It’s an honour to help Only A Pavement Away and their Winter Warmth initiative. Our pub doors may be closed but as always, we will continue to support our communities the best we can.

“Our support to OAPA goes further as we are also advertising their job board and new Covid Resource Hub to ensure as many local people as possible have the opportunity to find work.”

Only a Pavement Away launched its new Covid Resource Hub in response to the pandemic, it is an online platform that links organisations, charities and provides government guidance that can help those affected by losing their jobs. The contents include advice and links covering the following:

Available benefits including access to Universal Credit and possible financial support from the Government
Homeless, rough sleeping and eviction
Mental and physical health
Career and CV advice
Links to Jobs and vacancies both within and outside of Hospitality
Greg Mangham, Founder and Chief Executive of Only A Pavement Away, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Craft Union. Their community-led ethos is inspiring and their CraftySquad is incredible. The hard work and charitable support they give is fantastic and I know they will make this a success.”

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