New partnership launched over food poverty

A new partnership between Community Shop and the charity Food Cycle is set to prevent more food waste while providing social benefits to the UK’s deprived areas.

The collaboration between the first ‘social supermarket’ and the food surplus charity will see the launch of FoodCycle Hubs in each of the Community Shop’s stores, where volunteers will cook meals for the local community at no cost.

The local stores will prepare meals for up to 40 of each shop’s members.

The Community Shop was launched in 2013 and now has two stores.

Food is sold to community members at around a third of the price of standard shops.

Leading retailers and supermarkets supply surplus products to the shops, which also offer local community advice, such as CV-writing and job interview practice.

Other larger retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and the British Retail Consortium recently agreed at the Fairshare Food Surplus Summit to tackle food waste through redistribution to charities