Here at Hunter everything we do is underpinned by our five key company values. One of these values is Do Right – driving us to do right by each other, by our clients, by our candidates and also by our local neighbours. One such neighbour, located across the road from our London office, is the Covent Garden Pantry food bank.

Covent Garden Pantry is a partnership between the Covent Garden Community Centre @ Seven Dials Club, Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust and The Phoenix Garden. The food bank is a community-run initiative, set up as a response to the Cost of Living crisis. It is designed to meet the immediate need of people in the Holborn and Covent Garden area in need of food and hygiene products.

In the spirit of the festive season and to support this fantastic work, last week a group of Hunter staff members gathered together to put together food hampers of donated items to be given to the Covent Garden Pantry food bank initiative. These hampers were assembled to meet the needs of those struggling in the area, with our team specifically focusing on what might bring extra cheer and relieve some stress during the busy Christmas time. Essential items such as tea, spreads and canned goods were included as well as sweet treats such as chocolates to help spread some joy at what can otherwise be a difficult time of year for some.

In what truly became a neighbourhood effort, The Shaftesbury Theatre very kindly allowed us to use their facilities as a space to put together the hampers, free of charge. We are incredibly grateful for this very compassionate gesture. Once the hampers were complete, our team delivered these to the Covent Garden Pantry to be distributed to the local community.

The overwhelming response from our Hunter team members was around how rewarding it was to take time away from the busyness of our own personal lives to be able to do something for those in need, and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to engage in an activity such as this. We hope these hampers will go some way towards supporting people in our community who are struggling during the festive season this year.

If you would also like to show your support to the Food Bank, more information can be found here.