John Lewis and Waitrose offer free meals to staff during the winter

John Lewis and Waitrose are offering staff free meals from October to January to help with living costs. Meals, during working hours, are for permanent staff, known as partners, as well as temporary and agency workers. Andrew Murphy, chief operating officer at John Lewis Partnership, said his employees were “making a difference.

Soaring food costs have pushed UK inflation to 10.1% with prices continuing to rise at the fastest rate for more than 40 years. Food and non-alcoholic drinks were the biggest contributors to the rise in prices in July, according to the ONS. The prices of bread, cereals, milk, cheese and eggs rose the fastest, while the cost of vegetables, meat and chocolate were also higher.

Food costs pushed prices to a new 40-year high A spokesman for the John Lewis Partnership told the BBC someone working a four-hour shift could choose one meal breakfast, lunch or dinner – depending on the time of day. Partners who work eight-hour shifts can opt for two meals, he said. The food will be delivered in different ways depending on the workplace, he said.

John Lewis and Waitrose offer free meals to staff during the winter

Employees at big stores, headquarters and distribution centers will eat in canteens, while long-haul truck drivers will pre-order packed lunches, he said. Those working in smaller convenience stores would accept self-service style offers, for example Waitrose salads or sandwiches, he said. It comes as John Lewis Partnership looks to recruit 10,000 temporary roles for the festive season.

In September and October the partnership will start advertising 4,000 seasonal roles in Waitrose stores and 2,000 in John Lewis stores. A further 4,000 roles in its supply chain such as warehouse workers and drivers will be advertised through recruitment agencies, he said.

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