Britain's first 'social supermarket' is here

15 December 2014

supermarket_sweep_b When we first heard the phrase 'social supermarket', we assumed it would be some awful social media experiment selling cheeses called 'LOL' and toilet roll with hashtags on it.

Mercifully, it is much nicer and more useful than that, as it is a supermarket that sells items at a fraction of the price for people who are struggling financially. The Community Shop is a cooperative that want to help those stuck in food poverty and will sell goods that are deemed surplus food, donated from the big supermarkets.

Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, the Cooperative, Ocado and Marks and Spencer are all on-board.

Each of these social shops will operate through a membership scheme, so try and make sure it is solely available to those who are skint. It won't stop some people trying to pull a fast one. For the latter, we advised swift retribution, concerning the seat of someone's pants and a foot.

At the shops, there'll also be advice on how to make wholesome, cheap food and help in how to find work. The first official store has opened in London's Lambeth and a national roll-out is planned after a successful pilot in Goldthorpe in Yorkshire.

John Marren, chairman of Company ShopGroup, who run the scheme, said: "Members can shop for good food at great prices, which eases pressure on their family budgets, and they will also access tailored, professional development programmes, to kick-start positive change in their own lives."

TOPICS:   High Street News   Debt

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