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Grimsby MP Secures Vital Food Industry Support for Community Shop in Grimsby


29/06/2016


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At a high level roundtable at Centre4 on the Nunsthorpe Estate, local MP Melanie Onn secured the support of some of Grimsby’s biggest fish and food manufacturers, to make a Community Shop for Grimsby one step closer to becoming a reality.

Grimsby MP Secures Vital Food Industry Support for Community Shop in Grimsby

At a high level roundtable at Centre4 on the Nunsthorpe Estate, local MP Melanie Onn secured the support of some of Grimsby’s biggest fish and food manufacturers, to make a Community Shop for Grimsby one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Community Shop will be established in Centre4 and will sell high quality surplus product from the manufacturing supply chain. The food is perfectly good to eat and within date, but for a range of reasons couldn’t make it to the mainstream supermarket shelves. It could be that the weight of the product might be a couple of grams different to what it says on the label, or it might be that the label features seasonal promotions or competitions that are no longer valid. Either way, inside the packet is wholesome food, which Community Shop can sell at great prices to its members, preventing food waste and helping to stretch family budgets in tough times. 

When people sign up to be members of Community Shop they will also enrol themselves on The Success Plan, a personal development plan aimed at supporting individuals with the will and skills to succeed to address any issues in their life that might be causing them challenges. In our first two Community Shops in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire, and Lambeth, London, the impact has been transformative. After just one full year of operation, 73% of members felt better off financially and 92% felt that their confidence had been restored.

To make Community Shop a reality at Centre4 it was vital that the local food industry gets behind it and agrees to channel its surplus stock to fill the shelves. The roundtable, convened by Melanie Onn MP, achieved exactly that. Attendees from Young’s Seafood Limited, McCain, Morrisons Manufacturing, Icelandic, Sealord, Country Style and Hain Daniels all pledged their support for the Grimsby store and agreed to work with the Company Shop and Community Shop teams to make it a reality.

 

Speaking at the roundtable Pete Ward, CEO of Young’s Seafood Limited said:

“I am delighted that I was able to attend the Community Shop roundtable and show Young’s Seafood’s support for Grimsby’s first social supermarket.

“The discussion that took place on Friday between myself, Melanie Onn MP, the Community Shop team and Grimsby’s other food manufactures was only the first step and I look forward to seeing this initiative grow, as more organisations get involved.”

 

Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby, added:

“I was delighted to see such enthusiasm from local businesses for the project. With the food industry's support we can ensure that Community Shop comes to Grimsby and becomes a great asset at the heart of our community.

"I am encouraged by the way that the existing Community Shops have empowered individuals by improving skills and building confidence. The store will also ease strains on tight family budgets, and give this community access to a wide range of wholesome food at good prices.

"I look forward to seeing Community Shop open in Centre 4 as soon as possible."

 

Linda Dellow MBE, Chief Officer of Centre4 said:

“Community Shop embodies everything we are about at Centre4, as it inspires people to make positive change for themselves and for their community. We can’t wait to welcome Community Shop to Centre 4 and I am delighted that local food businesses have pledged their support to help make it happen.”

 

John Marren, Founder of Community Shop added:

“We are so excited by the opportunity to bring Community Shop to Grimsby. We have a great space we can fit out at Centre4 and we are very grateful for the huge support we have received from Linda Dellow, Melanie Onn and the local community. However, the last piece of the puzzle was to secure long-term local food partners. The pledges we received from all of the attendees at the roundtable will help us to deliver a Community Shop for Grimsby and we now hope to be in a position to open our doors in the Autumn.”