There has been much in the news recently about food poverty and the increasing number of people relying on food banks in the UK. We’d like to tell you about Community Shop, a social enterprise set up in Goldthorpe, Rotherham to help people on the cusp of food poverty to gain access to good, wholesome food at vastly reduced prices. They have made this possible by redistributing surplus food in the food supply chain, rather than letting it go to waste.
The pilot shop in Rotherham has had a limited membership of 500 people from the area who are in receipt of certain benefits. Its success however has almost certainly ensured that similar Community Shops based on the same principles will open in other parts of the country. The initiative has not gone unnoticed, as Community Shop recently fought of fierce competition to be shortlisted (final three) in the category of ‘Best Initiative in British Food’ at the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2014.