Britain's 1st 'social supermarket' to open its doors in Barnsley
Britain's first 'social supermarket' will open today. The Barnsley store will offer cut price groceries to those on the cusp of food poverty. The shop will be open to members who live in certain postcodes and are in receipt of welfare support.
Community Shop Spokesperson Sarah Dunwell explained that surplus food from retailers and supermarkets can deliver "social good".
She said: "With many families facing tough times in Barnsley, Company Shop wanted to do more to match surplus stock with people who really need it. So I was delighted to join the team to help develop and deliver the UK's first social supermarket."
She added: "Industry surplus is hard to avoid, but what Community Shop shows is that if we all work together we can make sure that surplus food delivers lasting social good.
"We are all very proud to launch Community Shop today and we look forward to partnering with the retail industry to make this a success during the pilot phase and beyond."
Britain's first 'social supermarket' is to open its doors today in Barnsley.
The Community Shop in Goldthorpe will provide shoppers on the verge of food poverty with access to food at up to 70 percent less than normal prices.
Membership of the pilot store will be open to people living in specific postcode areas and those in receipt of welfare support. Individuals that shop at Community Shop will also be offered services including debt advice, cookery skills, home budgeting and CV writing.