The Larder – Baking a Better Future This Christmas

Award-winning, Scottish social enterprise, The Larder, have launched an online Christmas bakery shop to support their mission to create real solutions to poverty in Scotland.

Currently, in West Lothian, 23% of people are living below the poverty line. The Larder's aim is to provide learning and community development opportunities that act as the catalyst for individual and social change. The social enterprise offers hope for many local people through training on employability, life skills, health and cooking as well as creating access to quality food in a dignified way.

Sadly, for many people across Scotland, Christmas is not a time of joy but a time of worry and desperation. However, by purchasing a sweet or savoury treat from The Larder shop, you can help local people in need, as 100% of profits will go to supporting the most disadvantaged people across West Lothian. The Larder chefs have created a range of handmade, freshly baked cakes and pastries to sweeten your day, as well as homemade savoury snacks for the perfect picnic lunch or evening nibbles with your tipple of choice! All of the bakery items are made locally in West Lothian, using quality ingredients and placed in eco-friendly, bio-degradable packaging, ready for collection.

For something extra-special, you can surprise a loved one with the Festive Afternoon Tea Box or treat the family to a delicious Yule Log, complete with meringue mushrooms, on Christmas day. In conjunction with The Larder’s Christmas Meal Appeal, you can also purchase a voucher to gift a meal when you place your bakery order, from as little as £5 for one person or £20 for a family.

CEO of The Larder, Angela Moohan said: “On behalf of all our team at The Larder, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, especially throughout the pandemic. As a result of your donations, we were able to continue to support 199 young people to continue their engagement with learning and also provide 116,000 meals to those experiencing food insecurity. Now in the season known for generosity and giving, we ask for your support again to help us to ensure that Christmas is an enjoyable day for all.”

You can finally feel good about buying sweet treats this festive period as your support will help some of the most vulnerable in our society. Visit The Larder shop now to place your order and help to change lives for the better:

About The Larder

The Larder was founded in 2010 and registered as a charity in 2011, by the CEO, Angela Moohan, as a result of rising youth unemployment in West Lothian. The Larder is an ambition-driven, innovative social enterprise and our USP is our ability to use food as a catalyst for social change. Their work focuses on people who have not been given a fair advantage in life, each finding it difficult to access employment due to multiple, complex barriers. Their beneficiaries may need to gain experience within a working environment, gain formal qualifications, they may need training or assistance in employment skills such as CV writing or interview techniques; we provide it all. The Larder provides training on employability, life skills, health and wellbeing all alongside learning to cook. Their cafes provide a space for trainees to gain work experience in the industry as well as providing a venue for social interaction and community. Their social food projects interrupt the national standard response to food poverty by providing nutritious meals and a safe space for those experiencing food insecurity, creating access to quality food in a dignified way. The Larder’s mission is to provide learning and community development opportunities for individual and social change. Find out more by visiting .

About the Christmas Meal Appeal

With support and collaboration of local partners, The Larder will be providing 450 Christmas dinners to those experiencing food insecurity this Christmas and are looking to the public to help this cause.

Currently, in West Lothian, 42,000 people are facing various levels of food insecurity. Last Christmas, in the midst of a global lockdown, The Larder joined forces with partners throughout West Lothian to support those going without food at Christmas. Since May 2020, the 39 partnership organisations that create the West Lothian Food Network have provided food support for approximately 4,000 people per week.

The Larder are looking for donations of just £5 which will go directly to ensuring no one in their West Lothian community goes hungry this Christmas. This £5 donation will support The Larder chefs and young people in training to create a high-quality, three-course Christmas dinner, delivered to the doors of people in need by their wonderful volunteers. To donate to this cause, visit .

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