Lock Stock Self-Storage, which operates 22 container-based self-storage facilities in Wales, is supporting Alabaré, a nonprofit that helps homeless and marginalized people, including veterans of the armed forces. The charitable organization launched Field Kitchen in 2019 to employ veterans, who are taught to prepare, cook and serve food from converted horse trailers at festivals, tradeshows and other events. The program also provides them with training in catering and customer service.
Field Kitchen recently helped a veteran rebuild his life after his family lost their farm, leaving them homeless for six months. He was referred to Alabaré, where he was provided with shelter and learned about the kitchen program. He then founded a wood-fired pizzeria called Pizza 4 Vets.
Lock Stock plans to help more than 30 former servicemen annually through charity. “Alabaré do some fantastic work with veterans, who can find it hard to adjust to life back or find circumstances stacked against them, like David,” said Tony Jones, site manager for Lock Stock in North Wales. “This is a great idea to run a mobile pizzeria with a proper wood-burning oven, and they turn out great pizzas as well. Things can be tough for charities in these difficult times, so this is a great way to raise funds and perhaps give some of their clients an opportunity to retrain as well.”
Founded in 1999 by brothers Nick and Shon Powell, Lock Stock offers 3,000 self-storage containers across its properties. The family-operated business also offers moving services through its “Take Stock” van fleet.
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