A NEW community shop opens in Warrington tomorrow (Tuesday)– to help cut the cost of the weekly shop.
Warrington Community Grocery will open in the grounds of Life Church Warrington, in Cotswold Road, Orford.
The shop will help tackle food poverty locally by providing affordable food for members while also giving them access to support.
By signing up at the grocery, members who would otherwise find it hard to put food on the table for their families can do a large food shop for only £4 per visit – saving on average £25 – £30 each shop.
The same range of products you’d expect to see in your local supermarkets, will be available, including fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned goods, baked items, frozen food, sanitary and household items, thanks to donations by local suppliers and supermarkets.
An initiative of national charity The Message Trust, the store is being run in partnership with Life Church and is the latest of 15 across England already helping to feed over 20,000 families.
Members will also have access to a range of services including employment clubs, debt advice, mental wellbeing courses, exploring Christianity and cookery courses.
Andy Hawthorne chief executive and founder of The Message Trust said: “Escalating fuel and food prices are having a massive impact on everyone’s lives. But for many it’s made life so difficult that they are having to choose every day between heating or eating. We can’t stand by and do nothing, so the Community Groceries are here to help. Bridging the gap between supermarkets and foodbanks, we’re here to make it easier for our members to put food on the table by reducing the cost of the weekly shop, whilst also providing them with support and courses too.
“Over 20,000 members across the UK are now shopping in stores, and we can’t wait to welcome people to Warrington Community Grocery from 24 May.”
Membership costs just £5 per year and members can then visit twice a week choosing their own shopping for their families.
To find out more about Warrington Community Grocery head to communitygrocery.org.uk