Delivering surplus food for social good
Community Shop is a new Community Interest Company which will help ensure that cheap food reaches people who may need a helping hand to achieve financial independence.
By redistributing surpluses that exist in the food supply chain, Community Shop, with the support of its parent company, Company Shop, can help people on the cusp of food poverty gain access to good, wholesome food at up to 70% less than normal retail prices.
Similar models are already working well in Europe in the form of 'Social Supermarkets', and Community Shop is bringing this concept to the UK for the first time.
Our first members' only store, in Goldthorpe, Barnsley, is the pilot and will be used to test the model before a national roll-out in 2014.
Not only will Community Shop offer a range of products at significantly reduced prices, but it will also provide an interactive programme of wider support available free of charge in the Community Hub from budgeting and debt advice to cookery classes.
Community Shop are able to offer savings of up to 70% off normal retail prices by selling surplus products that the larger retailers and brands can't use.
Surpluses can be caused by a whole host of reasons, from seasonal forecasting issues and labelling errors to a short shelf-life and many other things. Importantly though, unless they are redistributed, these surpluses would end up in landfill.
We step in to prevent that from happening, ensuring that perfectly edible products are consumed by people who need them - our members. The money we make from sales is then invested into our stores and the support services we offer. For more information on how to become a member click here>
Update: June 2014
Thanks to the overwhelming number of membership applications Community Shop in Goldthorpe has received since its opening in December 2013, we have placed a hold on further registration events at the present time
Community Shop has limited membership of its pilot store to 500 people. This is to maximise the impact we can achieve for our members through our Community Hub tailored support programme.
Membership of Community Shop is reviewed every six months, when we hope we will be able to open up opportunities for people to benefit from joining us.
We will post details of registration opportunities in due course. more info>
Thank you for your continued interest.