Social Supermarket in Store for Grimsby
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Community Shop Receives £600,000 from the Big Lottery Fund as work gets underway at Centre4
Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, has been awarded £600,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund, to kick start works at its new site in Centre4 on the Nunsthorpe Estate in Grimsby.
Melanie Onn MP joined Young’s Seafood, Sealord Caistor Limited, Founder of Community Shop John Marren and Head of Community Shop Gary Stott on site today, to mark the start of the building works. Community Shop Grimsby will be the fourth store in the national network, alongside Community Shop Athersley, Community Shop Goldthorpe and Community Shop West Norwood, in Lambeth, London.
Community Shop, which is a social enterprise, was founded by the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus stock, Company Shop, in 2013. Community Shop offers high quality surplus food from the manufacturing supply chain to its members, at great prices. Open to individuals living in areas of deprivation and in receipt of welfare support, Community Shop helps its members to stretch their family budgets and kick start positive change in their own lives. The revenue raised from food sales are invested into Community Hub, where members gain access to mentoring, advice, skills and business courses and delicious hot meals cooked from surplus in the Community Kitchen.
Rooted in the communities they serve, Community Shops are having a transformational impact by inspiring motivation and confidence in members, and improving health and economic outcomes for families.
The Grimsby store is the first Community Shop to be co-located in a bigger community space, alongside other services, but Centre4 seemed like such a perfect home. The store - which will take over the old science block of the former school building - will sit alongside Community Learning Services, the Centre4 Advice team, Positive Activities and the Health & Wellbeing Collaborative Teams, amongst others.
The funding from the Big Lottery Fund has been critical, but it is not possible to deliver a Community Shop without the support of local food businesses too, who donate their surplus stock and become long term partners to the store. Following a roundtable, convened by Melanie Onn MP in 2016, the fish industry in Grimsby has been rallying behind the cause. Young’s and Sealord Caistor Ltd have already committed to support the store and the Community Shop team are actively looking for more partners as they move towards opening after Easter.
Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby, said:
“I am delighted that Community Shop is on its way to opening in Grimsby. It will help to provide low-cost, wholesome food, and will have a huge positive impact on the lives of the members and the wider community. It is brilliant to see local food businesses have pledged their support, and I am confident that Community Shop will flourish.
John Marren, Founder and Chairman of Community Shop, said:
“We are so excited to be opening our new Community Shop in Grimsby, a town with a rich food heritage. We are very grateful for all of the support we have received from North East Lincolnshire Council and the Big Lottery Fund, which has been transformative. We would also like to thank Melanie Onn MP, local food businesses and Centre4 for welcoming us with open arms.”
Graham Pembroke, Financial Controller - Operations from Young’s Seafood Ltd added:
“We are delighted to be supporting Grimsby’s first social supermarket and to be a part of an initiative which will continue to grow.”
Linda Dellow MBE, Chief Officer at Centre4, said:
“Community Shop inspires people to make a positive life change for themselves and for their community, which is central to our vision at Centre4. We are thrilled that Community Shop will soon be opening its doors and joining our family.”
Joe Ferns, Big Lottery Fund UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director, said:
“Community Shop will use funding raised by National Lottery players to enable people to access high quality and affordable food. The project will make a real difference to the local community in Grimsby and tackle the important issue of food surplus.”