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Hull Community Shop opens its doors, offering affordable food.


[13 July 2016]
The Affordable Food project is now up and running, operating from within the Child Dynamix charity shop at 324 Southcoates Lane.

Andy Steele, Project Manager, explains how the projects works:

The project runs as a membership scheme and is means-tested to ensure that the people most in need of support are the ones who receive it. As such, we consult with people about their incomings and outgoings first to check they are eligible, and at this stage we can also identify if they are in need of any financial or debt management support and can put them in touch with our relevant partner organisations. We are working in partnership with Hull City Council and the Citizens Advice Bureau to offer residents who sign up to HCS a range of budget and debt management options to help them maximise their income and increase their confidence in relation to money matters.
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As members, residents will be eligible to collect parcels of tinned and ambient food & household cleaning products, as well as gaining access to personal development programmes to help them manage their finances, reduce their home energy bills and kick-start positive change in their lives. The parcels are not priced, but we suggest that members make a small donation of whatever they can afford. As an alternative to a cash donation members will also be able to pay 'in-kind' via an assortment of volunteering opportunities that offer the opportunity to give back to their community. These include helping to staff the HCS, helping to prepare food at cookery courses, helping to grow food at home or on one of our community allotments, or working with newly engaged residents to support them through the project.
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Membership is open to anyone in Hull, though as the shop is based off Preston Rd we're expecting it to be primarily accessed by residents from the Southcoates and Greatfield wards. If this pilot is successful we will be looking to open further outlets around the city. The food that we use for our food parcels and cookery courses is sourced from local suppliers including M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury's and is all of good quality and within it's 'Use By' date. We also hope to be able to offer fresh fruit & veg sourced from local allotments as part of food parcels in the future. Members will be able to visit the shop twice a week to collect food parcels.

We will soon also provide 'cooking on a budget' training (along with cooking lessons and recipe cards) to any members who would like help getting to grips with cooking healthy low-cost meals for themselves and their family.

The new Hull Community Shop is now open, providing affordable food, free cookery courses, financial support, help reducing energy bills and much more to residents of Hull.

We are operating from within the Child Dynamix charity shop at 324 Southcoates Lane, HU9 3TN.

The Hull Community Shop is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 3pm.

You can contact us Mon-Fri 8am to 5.30pm at Unit A, Preston Road Village Centre or contact us via:

Tel: 01482 709810
E-mail: info@emsyorkshire.co.uk
Twitter: @HullComShop