A town in South Yorkshire has become host to an innovative store which sells surplus food at cheap prices to people on benefits.
A “social supermarket” has been set up in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire by Community Shop, the largest re-distributor of surplus food in the UK, with a view to helping families who are struggling to make ends meet.
Items sold include products such as cheese close to its sell-by date, meat in irregular shapes and luxury products in damaged packaging – all sold at a fraction of the price you would pay in supermarkets.
Those who claim means-tested benefits can apply to become one of the 500 members of the discount store, which sells on products that supermarkets are not able to in one of the most deprived areas of the country.
A national rollout is in the pipeline, with six similar stores already planned for London and an overall objective of setting up 20 across the country by the end of 2014.
Sarah Dunwell, the company’s director of social affairs, said: “We are aiming to fill a gap between food banks and mainstream retail. Lots of families are not in an emergency situation but are on the cusp of food poverty.
“It is for anyone who is claiming any of a list of benefits. It is not just about the long-term unemployed but really hard-working families who are struggling.”
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