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The Trussell Trust and Community Shop Announce Latest Collaboration


22/09/2016


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The Trussell Trust, the national food bank operator, is joining forces with Community Shop in a new collaboration to tackle food poverty and food waste. The partnership, which will be piloted in two locations over the next year, is aimed at reducing poverty for around 1,500 families per year.

The Trussell Trust and Community Shop Announce Latest Collaboration

The Trussell Trust, the national food bank operator, is joining forces with Community Shop in a new collaboration to tackle food poverty and food waste. The partnership, which will be piloted in two locations over the next year, is aimed at reducing poverty for around 1,500 families per year.

The Trussell Trust is known for running a network of foodbanks across the UK which provide three days of emergency food and support to people when a crisis, such as an unexpected bill, bereavement or illness, hits and they can’t afford to eat. However, alongside its foodbanks The Trussell Trust has developed several More Than Food projects which aim to tackle the underlying causes of crisis and help prevent people getting to the stage where they need emergency support in future. 

Our Community Shop stores are currently open in two locations in London and South Yorkshire, with a pipeline of stores in development. Community Shops work to get wholesome surplus food from the supply chain to the people that need it most. Members of the store get access to good food at great prices, but they also enrol on The Success Plan, through which they work with mentors to identify and address the issues that are causing them challenge in their lives. Independent evaluation has showed that Community Shop has helped 73% of members feel better off financially and 92% improve their confidence since joining.  

Community Shop and Trussell Trust foodbanks already have a strong relationship where we operate in the same area. Norwood & Brixton Foodbank works with Community Shop in West Norwood by signposting people to each other’s offering, depending on the individual need, but we believe there is significant potential in developing a new offering in a shared space. Both of us will continue to grow organically, working with a range of partners, but this pilot - which will be trialled in two locations - will build on the best aspects of both of our services. We believe that by working together there is the potential to be able to help more people before they reach crisis point.

We are both now actively looking for locations of approximately 20,000 square feet of space, where projects can be developed.

 

Speaking about the collaboration Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust, David McAuley, said:

 

“We are excited to enter into this agreement with Community Shop and I’m looking forward to exploring how the two organisations can work together. Most importantly we have a shared vision and passion for ending UK hunger and poverty through supporting communities take practical action. Our approaches to tackling poverty can complement each other, so fewer people end up needing an emergency food parcel to see them through the week.”

 

Founder and Chairman of Community Shop, John Marren, added:

 

“We have long admired the way that the Trussell Trust has inspired a nation to take action to tackle food poverty. When we launched Community Shop in Goldthorpe, our mission was to get surplus food to the people that needed it most, whilst building stronger individuals and stronger communities. We believe that through this partnership we will be able to reach even more people and help them back on their route to independence, while tackling food waste.”

 

Supporting the announcement of the collaboration, CEO of FareShare, Lindsay Boswell said:

 

“What people in difficulties really need is a seamless and supportive approach and this is why the partnership between Community Shop and The Trussell Trust is so welcome. Collaboration always delivers greater social impact than competition and the shared ambition to “go beyond food” and address the deep-rooted causes behind hunger makes this an ideal partnership.”