The new 'food club' taking aim at Northamptonshire's food poverty

Teresa Key uses the centre to help feed her children. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A new social enterprise in Northampton is taking aim at the county’s food poverty.

The Hope Centre’s ‘food club’ allows people struggling to feed their families the opportunity to buy goods at heavily discounted rates.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Graham Stothard.

Members pay £2 every three months, and in return are able to buy tinned and dried goods, as well as sanitary products.

In the summer, the project hopes to grow their own fresh produce to sell as well.

It’s embarrassing going to the shops and not having enough money to pay for the goods that you need, especially when you have children.

Teresa Key, Hope Centre user

Those running it say, whilst food banks are useful to help those in critical need, this scheme provides a better sustainable solution with users able save money for rent or bills instead of spending it on food.

It’s needed because food is expensive, and it’s expensive to live so if we can ease the burden of outgoings for people by giving them a box for £7.50 which is worth about £25 then they’ve got money left over to pay their rent and anything else

Noo Jarvill, Hope Centre
Teresa Key uses the centre to help feed her children. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Food poverty in the UK

  • A report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says one in five people in Northamptonshire are living in food poverty.

  • According to the UN 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to feed themselves and their family.

  • The UN estimate 4.7 million people in the UK regularly go a full day without food because of a lack of money.