YOUR STORE IS A SOCIAL SUPERMARKET BASED AT JOHN STORER HOUSE in LOUGHBOROUGH
It has been created by a partnership involving Charnwood Borough Council, John Storer Charnwood, The Bridge and Charnwood Food Poverty Group.
Your Store helps people currently using foodbanks become more independent by offering food at discounted prices. Support is also being offered across a wide range of areas including mental health, debt advice and budgeting.
The project has been built from the successful work carried out by Charnwood Community Action during the pandemic when hundreds of families received vital food parcels and other support.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Charnwood Food Poverty Group assesses people currently using foodbanks and if suitable, offers them the opportunity to become members of Your Store.
Customers are currently being identified by the Charnwood Food Poverty Group and the store has now opened its doors.
Each Your Store membership gives the member access to one weekly shop at Your Store. Each shop is made up of a range of food items and costs from £3 - this will be around a quarter of the cost in a typical supermarket. Members are also able to buy additional items such as cleaning, personal hygiene and baby products.
Each member is given a personal support plan to help them with things like debt advice and support, budgeting, health and wellbeing, adult learning, employment support, cooking and volunteering opportunities.
Citizens Advice Charnwood attend on Wednesdays 10-3pm to give advice to Members on energy and debt.
Your Store is managed by John Storer and it is hoped Your Store members will also volunteer to become part of the team.
The food and goods on the Your Store shelves come from a number of sources including FareShare, supermarket and community donations alongside food purchased through funding.
Your Store will also focus on reducing food waste both through FareShare deliveries and other initiatives.
Fareshare is the UK's national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 18 independent organisations. Together, they take good quality surplus food from across the food industry and get it to more than 10,500 frontline charities and community groups.