We're opening a Social Supermarket

Author: Chris Elliott
Posted: 16.12.2021
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We will be launching a social supermarket to help tackle food poverty in Norwich. It is scheduled to open in spring 2022.  

The service, to be based on Hall Road, will help Norwich residents in several ways. There will be a shop offering affordable groceries with members offered heavily subsidised prices. It will also help people develop cooking skills in classes. These will be complemented by advice on recipes and cooking equipment as well as how to budget for food. All this aims to ensure everyone can access healthy food whatever their finances or experience. 

The supermarket will also combat food waste by working with local suppliers to redistribute their surplus. 

Community groups will be able to hire the kitchen to deliver their own cooking activities. 

Lucy Parish, our CEO, explains how this came about “In response to recommendations made in the Norwich Food Poverty Action Plan, we’re thrilled to be the lead partner chosen by Norwich City Council to open a social supermarket. It will be a dignified food support service that provides routes into other support services to prevent the need for emergency food provision.” 

Cllr Karen Davis, cabinet member for social inclusion at Norwich City Council, said: “Social supermarkets are a wonderful way of giving people the opportunity to support themselves with dignity and choice. This new enterprise supports the city’s wider Food Poverty Action Plan, which is supported by a number of VCSE partners all working tirelessly to help those in need. We hope this inspires similar projects across the city, and we look forward to supporting these.” 

Can You Help?

We're seeking organisations who can help provide food, cooking supplies, equipment or skills to share at the Social Supermarket.

We also need volunteers to help out.

If you can provide any of this support, please email andrea@thefeed.org.uk 

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