As the price of food continues to rise and many find it difficult to balance competing household costs, some local areas have set up schemes that offer a wider variety of retail food provision to help more people access food. There are many different models with varying names, but many work with a food distributor like FareShare to offer foods to members who have paid a low fee to join. For some, membership fees typically range from £2.50 - £3.50 per week and give members access to approximately £10-£15 worth of food. These are sometimes referred to as community pantries, community shops, community larders or citizen/social supermarkets. Many of these also offer other services, such as advice on financial planning or accessing benefits. Some may have membership requirements, i.e. living within a certain catchment area, being referred through certain partner organisations or means-testing, but others are open without restriction.
In other areas, people have set-up co-operative buying schemes so that members can get more affordable prices by buying in bulk. These can be run through a business/store or done by a group of people acting on their own accord.
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Food Power is a project of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.