This week we saw the celebration of the Community Shop first Anniversary! A year ago the Community Shop opened its doors to the people of West Norwood and it’s been an incredible year with many fantastic successes. Over seven hundred local residents have signed up so far, receiving access to great quality food at low prices as well as a holistic range of services that we deliver alongside our fantastic community partners.

The supermarket and its services complement the great work that is already being done by other local organisations. Free membership is open to anybody living in the local area and receiving means tested benefits.

If you would like to check if somebody is eligible or make a referral, please call the Community Shop directly on (020) 8761 9660. Please note that local residents are also very welcome to self-refer.

Community Shop – community feast

The Community Shop is having an event that is open to absolutely everybody and is pay-as-you-feel. It’s being held on Friday 31 July from 12:00 and there will be huge quantities of food, served from their new food truck, and beer tastings from The London Beer Factory, and children’s entertainment.

The aim is to bring people together over surplus food, to open our doors for people to have a look around what is normally a closed site, and to launch their new collaboration with FoodCycle. It is also a great opportunity to introduce people who are eligible for membership to the shop.

The Community Shop is at Vale Street, behind the recycling centre, West Norwood, SE27 9PA. 

Max & Anna talked to residents on the Peabody estate about the Community Shop over the weekend. A great resource for residents in Norwood!

The Community Shop is a form of social supermarket but goes considerably further than the European model. Community Shop has developed the idea so that personal development support is offered alongside high-quality low-cost food, and there are significant environmental benefits. The revenue from the food we sell enables that extra support to be delivered by our team.

The Lambeth store will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, for members only. It will sell a range of products from its suppliers, just as one would find in any other supermarket, except for alcohol and tobacco.

Check it out! – http://community-shop.co.uk/news/giving-surplus-food-social-purpose.aspx