SLH is addressing a gap between foodbanks and poverty by opening up their own community shop on Western Avenue in Speke. The Market Place will sell fresh food and essential household goods all at a fair price for SLH tenants who are on a low income.
It is a fantastic initiative and we’re not aware that there is anything else like this in the Merseyside area. We're pleased to have been working with SLH and signage company Envision Media to get the shop up and running today, creating a brand for the shop and designing simple internal and external graphics, including freehand illustration by our in-house artist Charlie.
Over £1 million people in the UK accessed local foodbanks in 2015-16, an increase in 2% on the previous year according to the latest figures released by Trussell Trust. Whilst this is an invaluable facility for the local community, it only acts as a short-term solution for those in need. The community shop will act as an intermediary between the foodbank and the large supermarkets and, once open, customers will be able to shop there regularly at prices they can afford.
The shop will be an integral part of the Speke Garston community, using local suppliers as much as possible to provide the food and other items. Fareshare Merseyside, which operates from Speke, is just one of the organisations who will supply food to this new initiative.
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