New supermarket for poor in UK

Goldthorpe ‘social supermarket’ offers discounted food for shoppers considered poor enough to qualify. Source: The Guardian

The Guardian has a report on a new UK supermarket providing deep discounts on overstock, slightly damaged food stuffs to people who are deemed poor enough at major discounted rate.  The comment section tells a whole lot more of the story, I think, including the question, where are the jobs that provide a living wage? Here’s a bit more from the report:

Britain’s first “social supermarket” opens its doors on Monday, offering shoppers on the verge of food poverty the chance to buy food and drink for up to 70% less than normal high-street prices.

If successful, the Community Shop, in Goldthorpe, near Barnsley, south Yorkshire, which is backed by large retailers and supermarkets, could be replicated elsewhere in Britain.

Community Shop is a subsidiary of Company Shop, Britain’s largest commercial re-distributor of surplus food and goods, which works with retailers and manufacturers to tackle their surpluses sustainably and securely.

It sells on residual products, such as those with damaged packaging or incorrect labelling, to membership-only staff shops in factories. The new project goes one step further, located in the community for the first time and also matching surplus food with social need.

Membership of the pilot store – in Goldthorpe, an area of social deprivation – will be restricted to people living in a specific local postcode area who also get welfare support.

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