20th December 2018
Which is why on 23rd December, around 600 volunteers will turn out to make sure families in need don’t go without, as they pack hampers with the key raw ingredients for a Christmas dinner.
Last year the London Basket Brigade – there are Basket Brigades all over the UK – delivered 1,246 packages, containing potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sprouts, stuffing, gravy, mince pies, a Christmas pudding, custard, chocolate, satsumas and of course, a Christmas cracker.
London Basket Brigade is just one branch of the huge international Basket Brigade movement, which provides food for an estimated four million people annually. The idea started with the Tony Robbins Foundation in the US, whose founder decided to “pay it forward” after his own family received help from strangers one Thanksgiving.
London Basket Brigade is now fully subscribed for volunteers this year, so you can’t turn up on the day, but the charity is still collecting donations, which will be used to purchase the food and baskets. Each package costs £14 to create and is designed to feed a family of four.
Since I started working with Jaimie Meisner, early 2017, she has been very knowledgeable, proactive, and a pleasure to deal with. She is very responsive to our needs, and changing parameters. If she is out of the office, there is a ready back up or she makes time to respond directly. She did a very good job assessing our culture and understanding our environment before she searched for candidates. To date, she has helped us fill the following roles:
Manager, Food Safety & QA (US and Canada)
Plant Supervisor (US)
Director, Product Development (Canada)
Maintenance Mechanic (US)
Regional Sales Manager (US)
As well as 2 other senior roles that we put on hold (General Manager, North America; Director, Procurement).
It has been a successful partnership to date, and I expect/hope to have Jamie as my go to recruiter for many years to come.
Human Resources Manager
Global Meat Processing and Supplying Business