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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Call for discounted supermarkets in West Cumbria

Social supermarkets, offering food and drink for up to 70 per cent less than commercial retailers, could be set up in West Cumbria.

Maryport Town Council is writing to Cumbria County Council and Allerdale council to ask for backing to set up the enterprise.

The council will consider using an empty shop or an empty unit on the town’s business park.

Councillor Brian Carter took the idea of a social supermarket to the council.

The first social supermarket was opened in West Yorkshire last year.

The shops work with the co-operation of existing supermarkets who would donate goods surplus to requirements.

These would include products with damaged packaging or incorrect labelling.

Individuals may be offered programmes of wider social and financial support, such as debt advice, cookery skills and home budgeting.

Maryport councillors have reacted with enthusiasm to the idea and were unanimously in favour of it.

Coun Gill Elliot said the amount thrown out by supermarkets was disgraceful when so many could not afford proper food.

She said there were many places where it could go in Maryport.

Coun Dawn Charlton suggested that there could also be a mobile van to deliver to housebound residents.

St Mary’s Church, which hosts Maryport’s foodbank, will also address rising levels of poverty over Lent.

The church will host an event as part of the End Hunger Fast campaign which seeks to draw attention to concerns about rising levels of poverty.

People are invited to visit the church and spend time in the “40forty Prayer Space” where activities will stimulate reflection and prayer.

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