A ‘SOCIAL’ supermarket which uses surplus food to pass on to those in need at a discounted rate received a visit from an MP.

Dan Jarvis, who represents Barnsley Centre, stopped off at Community Shop Athersley, on Lindhurst Road.

He said: “It was great to visit the Community Shop, which is a real force for food good in Barnsley and around the country.

“It is leading the way on tackling food insecurity.

“By working with big retailers to use surplus stock and cut waste, they’re helping make sure more people can afford quality food at a reasonable price.

“It was also fantastic to hear about the cooking classes they offer.

“I share their ambition to empower people through healthy, tasty food, and I encourage any local businesses to get in touch with them, if they are interested in finding out how their surplus can have a positive environmental and social impact.”

The shops require a free membership which is open to locals who qualify for means-tested benefits – granting access to the shop and ‘hub’ where members can meet and learn new skills.

Owen McLellan, managing director, added: “Dan has always been a supporter so we were really pleased to welcome him to Community Shop Athersley and show him all of the amazing work that has been taking place over the last year, supporting local families and helping to tackle surplus across the region.

“It was great to talk to him about the future of redistribution and waste reporting in the UK, and we look forward to continuing our work with Dan to support families throughout the region.”