MP visits food supermarket for the needy

MP visits food supermarket for the needy

By Michael Upton | 16/11/2021

MP visits food supermarket for the needy
Sarah Champion (second from right) with team members from the Social Supermarket.

 

MP Sarah Champion visited a “supermarket” supporting those in need to find out about their work helping the hungry put food on the table.

The Rotherham MP was welcomed to the Rotherham Minster by the team behind the Social Supermarket, a weekly food distribution service which offers heavily-subsidised supplies.

Christine Batchford, who coordinates the supermarket, explained members pay £3 a week for a range of fresh fruit, vegetables and other food, which is donated by suppliers from across the borough.

She added: “Ms Champion was was interested to find out what the difference between a social supermarket and a food bank was, so we explained that we offered support for a three or four-month period to our families, rather than it being an emergency food parcel.  

“Also as our members have to pay £3 a week, they feel it’s not charity, but they are in some way paying towards the food and find it gives them dignity.

“She was very interested in the support we were giving to asylum seekers as she has been working tirelessly trying to support Afghan refugees who had to flee their country with the Taliban takeover.  

“She was also very impressed at the variety of food we offered, especially fresh fruit and vegetables and all the choice available to enable members to eat healthily.”

Cap: Sarah Champion (second from right) with team members from the Social Supermarket.

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