The impact of Govt-19 has hit countless families hard.
But to make it easier to put food on the table, a community grocery store opens in Redcar on Tuesday, April 20th, to help feed those in need.
The opening of the grocery store is recent, with seven people across the UK already helping to feed more than 3,000 families.
The initiative, which comes from The Message Trust, a national Christian charity, runs the grocery store in association with Redcar Baptist Church.
“Since the first lock, we’ve seen how hard the impact of Govt-19 has been on people and their families – so many are now finding it difficult to buy their weekly store.
“There is nothing we can do.
“Community Grocery is about bridging the gap between supermarkets and food banks, making it easier for our members to put food on the table, while also providing them with support and courses.
“We can’t wait to welcome people to Redcar Community Grocery,” said Andy Hawthorne OPE, CEO and founder of the News Foundation.
For families struggling financially with the impact of the epidemic, weekly food store prices will fall, ensuring local families stay hungry.
Based on Park Avenue, the community will offer grocery members an affordable price, which means they can make a large grocery store for just 3, saving an average of more than £ 30 per store.
The range of items available is expected on supermarket shelves, including tin products, baked goods, frozen food, fresh fruits and vegetables and health and household items all thanks to donations from local suppliers and supermarkets.
Mark Hubbard, minister of the Redcar Baptist Church, said: “As a church we cannot be happy to partner with the Message Trust to open a community grocery in the city.
“Redcar is a fantastic place to live, there’s a lot to celebrate.
“One of these is that the people here always seem to be gathering in difficult situations, and there is no doubt that a lot of people are struggling at this time.
“It’s great to be doing our part to partner with our local community to help in this way, and we look forward to welcoming everyone who wants to get involved.”
Membership is reserved for local people struggling with the impact of the current crisis, and costs only £ 5 per year.
Members can visit twice a week.
But social groceries are more than just food, there are a variety of services available, from credit counseling and employment clubs to mental health courses, cooking courses and exploring Christianity.
Additional information about Redcar Community Grocery Available here.
Other stores located in Wigan, Hexham, Sheffield and Bolton are now open, and those in Burnley and the Netherlands are expected in the coming weeks.
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