A deeply discounted grocery store, which opened today in Leicester, is set to make ‘a drastic difference’ for more than 750 people living on the edge of food poverty in the city.

Community Shop, an award-winning social enterprise, opened its new store today (April 6), on the Stocking Farm estate in Leicester.

The Marwood Road store was officially opened by Peter Soulsby, Mayor of the City of Leicester, after which hundreds of new members from across the local community were welcomed inside for the first time.

The proposed support, which includes access to deeply discounted surplus food and household items, is expected to make “a dramatic difference” for more than 750 people on the edge of food poverty in Leicester, project officials say.

“When a family arrives they immediately save £212 on the purchase bill. That means they can breathe a little and the pressure takes a little off,” said Gary Scott, executive chairman of Community Shop, which operates a total of eight supermarkets across England.

“I think everyone and every household in the UK is feeling quite acutely the cost of living crisis, but for families who were already on the verge of dealing with it, it is even more difficult,” said he added.

“The situation in Leicester is very similar to the national situation, and I think that means that those families who have been pretty much managing for many years, in the context of this cost of living crisis, are coming closer and closer together. people of this food. poverty.

“We partner with many other organizations, we’re one model out of many, and we think there’s still a need for these other models like food pantries and food banks, but the social supermarket is about providing dignified and sustainable food access over a longer period of time”.

The food items sold at the Community Shop are those that would otherwise have gone to waste, thanks to local businesses such as Ocado and Samworth Brothers.

They include a wide range of essentials like bread, milk, fruit and vegetables, which are sold for just 20p each.

The store opened at a time when food and energy prices soared.

The price of four pints of milk is set to rise from around £1.15 to £1.65, it has been announced.

A retiree who spoke to Pukaar News raved about the program, which he says will not only give him more bang for his buck, but also allow him to eat healthier in these trying times. .

“For me to go to a supermarket for what I paid for it would cost me a lot more, and being a pensioner that’s a brilliant thing to happen,” he said.

“It’s not only great for retirees, but also for single mothers with children. Children need to be fed, especially in these times,” he added. “It was so hard”.

Other support on the Community Shop site, includes a community kitchen with its own chef, which will serve meals at low prices, while children can eat for free.

A community hub will also provide learning and development opportunities, which will be funded by in-store revenue.

A multipurpose community space will also be used for events throughout the year, which aim to bring people together.

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