A Christmas Story: Feed A Family

A Christmas Story: Feed A Family

Praise is due to Owton’s, the traditional family butchers, who devised a large scale plan to feed local families in need this Christmas.

John Harding, General Manager, Owtons Farm Shops, said: “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our customers, suppliers and staff for supporting this cause and helping get over 1,300 boxes out into the community, helping those less fortunate at this time of the year!”

Owton’s plan was for hundreds of food hampers, each providing a family in need with everything required to enjoy a Christmas dinner, to be distributed in the week before Christmas via food banks.

Owton’s put together the hampers, which contained turkey breast roll, bacon, pigs in blankets and sausagemeat, and asked local businesses if they would be interested in co-sponsoring a number of these boxes at a cost of £10 per box.

Owton’s themselves donated 200 boxes to start the ball rolling, with the goal of getting over 1,000 out into the local community for Christmas. Congratulations are due as they have substantially exceeded this figure. More than 1,300 boxes were distributed via the Salvation Army, food banks and through liaising with local schools.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, commented: “This is a wonderful Christmas story! We are so proud of our local businesses who do so much to support their communities.

“We were delighted to assist with Owton’s Feed a Family campaign by sponsoring boxes as well as by asking our members if they’d be interested in supporting this initiative. We are aware that many of our members and corporate friends were very pleased to get involved. These included Chococo, Fit2Cook, Menzies, NFU Mutual Winchester and Wickham, Trethowans, and Wasabi Company. Fullers donated Christmas puddings.

“We have also received lovely comments from our members praising Owtons for undertaking this initiative, which will make such a big difference to so many this Christmas. It is such a positive to see how people and businesses come together to support others. Truly the season of goodwill."