Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty Get Behind Food Surplus Pioneers, Community Shop
Community Shop News
Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, has featured on Channel 4’s hit television programme, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, showcasing its pioneering model to unlock the potential in surplus food.
Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, has featured on Channel 4’s hit television programme, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, showcasing its pioneering model to unlock the potential in surplus food. A link to watch the programme again is here: http://ow.ly/oqX330healM
The programme was a celebration of everything that Community Shop, and its parent organisation, Company Shop, is achieving within the food industry – creating positive social, environmental and economic impact from surplus. Collectively, Company Shop and Community Shop are the largest redistributors of surplus in the UK. The group work with retailers, manufactures and brands across the country to stop more than 50 million items of good food and household products from going to waste every year.
Across Community Shop’s four stores, in Goldthorpe, Athersley, West Norwood and Grimsby, surplus food and products are redistributed to members at heavily discounted prices. When members shop in store, the revenue raised powers the activity of the Community Hub, where the team connects with and inspires every member who comes through the doors. Members gain access to debt advice and employability skills, cook club and home budgeting, and a range of other services. The impact has been transformational and Community Shop is building stronger individuals and more confident communities. Jamie and Jimmy chose to showcase Community Shop to encourage more in the food industry to get behind it with food donation to help the model expand nationally.
The feature saw Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty join the Chairman and Founder of Community Shop, John Marren, Head of Community Shop, Gary Stott, and members of the West Norwood store in London, to help restock the shop, create a homemade pesto from surplus in the Community Kitchen and put on a big feast for the great and the good from the food industry to urge them to get behind the model.
John Marren, Chairman and Founder of Community Shop, said:
“We were honoured that Jamie and Jimmy wanted to shine a light on the Community Shop model on Friday Night Feast and we hope that their support will encourage more people in the food industry to get behind us and donate their surplus stock to us.
“Through the show we saw the positive impact Community Shop is having in the communities it serves and there is scope to do so much more.
“Our priority now is to build on the momentum generated from the show and expand the work we are doing across the country.”
Speaking during the show and describing Community Shop as an “incredible food waste campaign”, Jamie Oliver said:
“We’ve got to amplify what Community Shop are already doing. I honestly think that it is projects like these, if they could be scaled up, that are the solutions we need within our country.”