Most people have felt the effects of the Corona virus pandemic, not least of all Chiqiuto – The Restaurant Group who sadly made the decision to close their branches in Bournemouth and Poole. Despite their personal loss, the owners have tried to make the most of helping others who are in need. They contacted Faithworks to make a generous donation of frozen meat and food, as well as catering and kitchen equipment, cleaning products, stationery and a much-needed hoover to The Storehouse project run by BCARS.

The initial donation triggered a chain reaction of kindness: The Storehouse divided the donations meat and chips into family packs for lone parent families across BCP, currently supported by SMILE. Twelve families were helped and very grateful. The Storehouse also directed food donations to Poole Waste Not Want Not. Elaine Lawford, manager of Waste Not Want Not stated, “The food we had donated has helped, and will help, feed about 200 families and people from all walks of life over the period of a month.”

The Storehouse team were thanked by Poole Waste Not Want Not with a donation of 55 kilos of apricots. Half of the apricots were then delivered to Wimborne Foodbank and passed on to  The Friendly Food Club. They used the apricots to make a crumble as part of the 150 plus meals given out weekly to residents in need in Wimborne through the Foodbank and the Allendale Centre.  The other half of the apricots went to Christchurch Foodbank who split it between adding the fresh fruit to their food parcels and making apricot crumble as part of their hot meal provision for local vulnerable people. Christchurch Foodbank have been giving out 88 hot meals per week since the end of April.

As one team member of The Storehouse said, “This was a good opportunity to help us and others in the community.” Even in the most difficult times, thinking of others reaps great benefits.

Thank you Chiquito for thinking of us at this time, we wish you all the best for the future. Your kindness is much appreciated.
David Chidwick
BCARS Homelessness Projects Manager