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Country's First Social Supermarket Opens In Goldthorpe

Monday December 9 2013




THE country's first 'social supermarket' officially opens its doors today.

Community Shop will provide shoppers on the cusp of food poverty access to surplus food and products, at up to 70 per cent less than normal prices.

Situated in Goldthorpe, social enterprise Community Shop is a subsidiary of the UK’s largest commercial redistributor of surplus food and goods, Company Shop.

For decades Company Shop, under the leadership of John Marren, has been working with retailers and manufacturers to tackle their surpluses sustainably and securely.

This project goes one step further - matching surplus food with social need.

Membership of the pilot store will be open to people living in a specific postcode area and in receipt of welfare support.

Individuals that shop at Community Shop will not only get access to cheaper food, but will also be offered programmes of tailored support.

From debt advice to cookery skills, home budgeting to CV writing, the project's team aims to provide members with a route back to mainstream shopping.

The launch of the pilot store is being supported by major retailers including Asda, Morrisons, M&S and Tesco.

All are diverting surpluses to the pilot.

Barnsley Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said: "We're delighted that this valuable asset has opened in Goldthorpe.

"The new store will be a great asset for local residents enabling them to access a range of high quality, low cost food as well as a place where they can access local services.

"It will also complement the council's ongoing commitment to support people and the community in this difficult financial climate."

Organiser Sarah Dunwell said: "We're aiming to fill a gap between food banks and mainstream retail. Lots of families are not in such an emergency situation but are on the cusp of food poverty.

"It's for anyone who's claiming any of a list of benefits. It's not just about the long-term unemployed but hard-working families who are struggling."

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Reply Posted by Sam on Monday December 9 2013 at 09:51
So how do we know if we can get a card and if we qualify?

Reply Posted by mark on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:02
what is you live in barnsley town centre and how would i get the card

Reply Posted by tanner on Monday December 9 2013 at 09:58
What post code area is it i think it should be for everyone not just a certain postal code

Reply Posted by bob on Monday December 9 2013 at 10:05
good idea .. untill it gets robbed by criminals

Reply Posted by jj on Sunday January 19 2014 at 15:52
whata daft comment, any shop can get robbed...

Reply Posted by dave on Monday December 9 2013 at 10:20
makes a post like this...doesnt give details on how to aply for a card, good work wab.

Reply Posted by Sharon on Monday December 9 2013 at 10:38
What benefits is it and how do u quifily

Reply Posted by Amanda Bell on Monday December 9 2013 at 10:52
How do we contact them to find out what the postcode areas are x

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 11:05
i work 40 hrs a week for just short of 200 a week. i pay full council tax, rent, gas, electric,,water,.petrol to get to work. can i have 1, my family is starving.

Reply Posted by go bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 12:33
bananas you need to pick more bananas if that's all you get for a 40hr week..sooner be dole.no rent c/t and get a card for the cheap shop..hahahhaha

Reply Posted by some one who works on Monday December 9 2013 at 12:42
I feel your anger, me and my husband both work full time. This does not mean we are made of money as we have bills ect to pay. Your food shopping bill is one of the biggest pay out's a month; well it is if you have a family, I have two children. It does make you think why a lot of people choose not to work, as the government make it more easier for them, not have to pay rent, council tax ect. I understand we need to support the people in need, and need the working people to support this, however there is a lot of people that just abuse the system

Reply Posted by go bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 12:45
Oh lets get the collection bucket out for the poor workers..

Reply Posted by Common Sense! on Monday December 9 2013 at 20:53
Its illegal to work 40 hours for less than £200!..... unless that is your getting paid cash in hand and fiddling!

Reply Posted by penny on Monday December 9 2013 at 11:45
I would like to be a member and shop on line - I am a disabled pensioner on the verge of not making ends meet - if I bought enough the courier would still make it worthwhile for me

Reply Posted by roger on Monday December 9 2013 at 11:47
I would like to open one in Poole Dorset please

Reply Posted by Joe on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 10:35
I was thinking the same have you had a reply off anyone

Reply Posted by Cripes on Monday December 9 2013 at 12:05
i've just seen on a facebook page called 'Independent Visitors Barnsley' that there is an open day once a month at Goldthorpe Library. The dates are advertised in the window. You'll need to take proof of all benefits and income.


Reply Posted by leah shaw on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:22
How do you qualify for the card ? What benifits do you need to claim ? X

Reply Posted by go bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:27
me.....glad you not me...watch you don,t slip on your banana split...

Reply Posted by Anthony on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:28
I find it patronising it presuming anyone who needs cheap food is unable to cook or even gain knowledge or skills to cook! I have no money for food but can cook as good as Gordon Ramsey!

Reply Posted by go bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:29
top banana!!!

Reply Posted by DOLEYS 2K14 on Monday December 9 2013 at 14:56
its okay, ill just sit here at work paying TAX for you lazy slobs, who sit on your arse at the pub drinking all day to go spend OUR tax payers money on CHEAP FOOD, this counrty is discusting.

THIS SHOP SHOULD BE A REWARD FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK, not those who get council tax, rent and an income payed by the tax payers!

Reply Posted by go bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:12
DOLEYS 2K14 Stop it silly man,your putting me of my marks and spencers fine chicken breast and roasted parnips...

Reply Posted by x on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:00
if people stopped buying named foods and went for things like asda smart price products and icelands own brands etc you'd almost halve your food bill ,and believe me most people on minimum wage who have children get some form of top up benefit and housing benefit,and before me passes comment yes i do work but i can tell you this if i was going to be able to live a life of luxury,have holidays, eat top notch food and not have to worry about money by being on benefits i would not be getting up at 5.30 every morning to go out to work

Reply Posted by ...... on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:18
I wish ppl qud stop paintin all us on benefits with the same brush!! I am a single mother of 2 children under 5 both dads have abandoned them so am left on my own to bring them up...I would love to work but because I have nobody else to help me with school runs etc I cant. N no I dont sit at home all day doin nothin to get paid benefits. Its hard bein a stay at home parent its easier to work tbh. Av even tried to start a business from home just to keep me occupied and pay the bills

Reply Posted by bekkie on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:32
Workers get 20% tax on food and they get food for what! Prob a car to get home. My hubby and I can't even afford one car bc we have tax, ni, prescription fees, opticians, dental bills, again another idea nit thought out, what about the homeless who can't get benefits bc of no fixed abode, what about those working and just make ends meet. We can'. Afford to go out but I know far too many ppl abusing the system for addictions and poor life style choices and thus is an encouragement. It should be assessed by income and outgoings and if you can't prove that 7-8 quid went on cigs, a bag a day of illegal drugs has gone or how full the recycling bin is full of cans and bottles why should they benefit? I know this isn't all people on benefits that this shop decrees as illegible and its those that will hold their head up and Manage their money. Also why should food that is given away be charged for. I could go on but it's a pointless waste of energy!

Reply Posted by bekkie- on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:33
That was supposed to say we CAN'T afford to go out!

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:06
go bananas. I don't mind pickin more bananas. a jobs a job. better than signing on. enjoy ye shopping.

Reply Posted by no bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:21
thanks bananas@ will enjoy my life.if you work a 40hr week and fetch home less than £200 you must be signing on..as min wage pays more..go and pick some more bananas

Reply Posted by Scrimper on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:20
And me and my partner (FTE) are having beans on toast until pay day and live under jumpers and blankets...society is so backwards.
Sick of seeing all the 'single mothers with 2 kids' boasting about how many presents little Chanice-mae-hope and Jenson-Mick has got for christmas on FaceBook - and she's off to meadowhall to spend more!!

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:30
Well said. More help & perks for The Dole Scum.

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:51
I have a job & pay my way Pal, I can hold my head up high. I contribute to society.

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:36
I much prefer being hard-working, decent & proud albeit if a bitter, twisted piece of shite also, than a lazy, skiving parasite. Where's your self-respect and pride? You should be neutered, you are infecting society. Stealing good air.

Reply Posted by AHR on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:21
I don't know all this bickering, and the MPs who put us in this mess get an 11% pay rise.

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:26
I bet sir steve as got a family and friends card.

Reply Posted by xxxx on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:30
scrimper if things are that bad get yourself on benefits love if you really believe they have such a fab life.my neighbour is 60yrs old got laid off from work 2 yrs ago and he's been trying to find a job since. he's had his heating on twice this year up to now.thats how good living on benefits is

Reply Posted by Geoffrey N. Read on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:47
The Devon & Cornwall Food Association (DCFA) runs a similar operation by we issue the food we receive, directly to local charity organisations rather than individuals. I should like to wish this Yorkshire organisation every success.
Is there any chance that someone could put our two organisations in touch with each other so we can learn more?

Reply Posted by amy b on Monday December 9 2013 at 17:29
For all your sterotypical people, im on benefits im a lone parent full time student i do volunteer work i run a home for my child pay all bill INCLUDING COUNCIL TAX! Dont put us all in same basket, i skint myself on bills and food clothes and whatever for my child, i cant afford food for myself, so why wouldnt i be entitled to a membership for this shop, im sure they wont be dishing in it out to all the people that sit in pub or feeding there drug addictions ..i think its a brilliant idea we cant all afford asda smart price!

Reply Posted by Purple haze on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:07
If you are on benefits then the maximum you will pay on council tax is 8% or about £8 per month on a band A property. So not quite the £90 that workers pay.
If you have time to volunteer then get off benefits and go to work instead and pay taxes.

Reply Posted by in a daze on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:11
you are so boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring purple haze

Reply Posted by gizzy on Monday December 9 2013 at 17:56
Bet the local shops etc are gonna love this has no one thought what this store could do to shopkeepers etc in the area that are all ready struggling to keep going..

Reply Posted by jon on Monday December 9 2013 at 18:14
Hey gizzy! Never thought of that. Good post.

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 18:45
maybe the shopkeepers should lower there prices or just retire on there massive profits they have made over the years.

Reply Posted by no bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 18:55
What a idiotic statement."All shopkeepers retire" What do we all do then? buy food from Narnia...Fool

Reply Posted by oranges on Monday December 9 2013 at 18:51
They're always going to be dearer than supermarkets though banana's, they can't buy in bulk,plus they are open all hours. I wouldn't do their job that's for sure, they don't get out much.

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:04
no bananas. as tha seen price of bananas int corner shop.

Reply Posted by no bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:07
Bananas =Yes very expensive,but the supermarkets are to blame with the buying power!

Reply Posted by mark on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:04
how do i get a card

Reply Posted by unlucky on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:11
You can't. it is only limited to 500 people,it is a pilot scheme and will be reassessed after 6 months..

Reply Posted by Shellbelle on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:12
As a single parent of two children 14 and 20 (twenty year old is disabled) im a carer for him so am unable to work at the present time, (although i do volunteer part time) i think this is a brilliant idea , how much food gets wasted and thrown into landfills evey year ? How many large supermarkets throw out so called perishables every day ? After completing my weekly shop today with arms breaking as i carry it home i cant but think this could help so many families out that REALLY are genuine and could do with a little extra help .... P.s i have to pay a portion of my rent and also contribute towards ct and i also have to pay my sons.... So like to know who is getting a good deal ?! Would love nothing more than to go back to work and be proud to support my lovely kids ...

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:09
If you can volunteer then you can work. Yes you pay a portion but it will be small one. Too well off on benefits. However because you are a carer we should feel sorry for you ?

Reply Posted by Shellbelle on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:15
Perhaps i should apply for a job as a energy director ... Dont think any of them will be going hungry this crimble !!!!

Reply Posted by littlewood on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:21
How do you get a card ?

Reply Posted by Off Shoot on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:21
Is This Company Shop an off-shoot from Marrans Company Shop at Tankersley??????????

Reply Posted by Shellbelle on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:47
You could possibly try your local dwp or failing that cab would surely know

Reply Posted by food glorious food on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:09
TAX PAYER! I on the dole and can afford the best snap now this shop has opened.now you get of your lazy arse instead of ordering online and get a job what pays!

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:16
It has been put in Goldthorpe because that area has been discovered to be the worse off in comparison to all others. So more people on benefits and less in work. Plus the council ignores the area from what I read.

How many on here asking to join are from Goldthorpe? Or do you all own cars or can you pay for taxis so that you can go shopping?

Why should the workers on low wages in that area have to pay to shop in more expensive shops when they are paying full council taxes, full prescriptions, full rent or mortgage and pay for their kids dinners and so on? there are many people who are on rubbish wages and yet they work and have pride and they are being discriminated against.

As for the comment about the 60 year old man and his heating. Well there are many with kids who are going cold and hungry and their parents work.

I await the usual drivel from the unemployed louts who enjoy trying to bait decent people whilst never lifting a finger unless to smoke, drink or play with their laptop or smartphone.

Reply Posted by sarah on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:38
Well said Purple Haze. Although im from highgate not goldthorpe itself it makes us a bit annoyed to say the least that the sit in the pub all day brigade are being pondered to again.My other half is self employed so we pay for everything the kids get nothing for free. We didnt have a holiday last year as he was working all hours he could get but the sit in the pub brigade go to benidorm and have caravans in skeg (a place we dont go anyway). I would like just once for the workers to get a bit more than the non workers but cant see it ever happening.

Reply Posted by moan moan moan on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:56
Sarah@ Next time your passing the Pub. Please call in and us brigade will be more than happy to buy you a drink.Also will give you the keys to my caravan at Skeggy for a free weeks break.or you can have a sunny week in Benidorm Free..us doleys don,t mind sharing..Go and get a life you jumped up prune!!! the curtain twitching brigade are calling you..

Reply Posted by sarah on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:14
I have a life thats why I dont sit in the pub all day or go skeg or benidorm,i have more taste as for being jumped up if wanting the best out of life instead of sitting in this backward village for the rest of my natural then so be it.

Reply Posted by moan moan moan on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:58
go to the bingo girl,you need a good knees up! go and let your hair down.

Reply Posted by oqqq on Monday December 9 2013 at 21:54
Well I suppose it will give the dole wallers more money for fags and skunk.. bless em they have such a hard life being stuck at home all day watching Jezza smoking skunk while the kids run wild... stop giving scroungers such a hard time!!! banana your welcome to the supermarket cast offs, I can hold my head up high and know I'm working to feed my family!!! I would rather work hard and be skint that put in your category of scrounging leaches...

Reply Posted by Claude on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:00
The food should be intercepted & poisoned before being 'doled out' to the benefit cheating lazy scum, in the same way that heroin should be. Then let them feast themselves & the drug vermin inject themselves. Bon appetit, et voila! Problem solved!!

Reply Posted by hate for claude on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:03
Claude-what a utter piece of crap you nasty vile creature,How can you be so jealous of a bit of food.

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:41
Whoah, that's a tad harsh.

Reply Posted by jenni on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:13
How many people on this site would buy battered tins or out of date food from the supermarket coz it seems that is what is going on the shelves in this store. And to the person regarding take home pay of 200 after 40 hours that seems about right after tax and national insurance.

Reply Posted by Claude on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:14
I'm not envious of the food, or the decent, genuine cases that require it that are suffering genuine hardship.. I begrudge the fact that there'll be the big fat massive greasy dirty families who have never worked, refused to work & have no intention of trying to find work gorging their fat disgusting bodies upon decent fayre that they don't deserve.They should be issued with vouchers for gruel & mangels, than whipped.

Reply Posted by hate for claude.. on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:27
It dosn;t read that in your 1st post. I am on benefits due to been made redundant.yes there are jobs but $hit jobs that don't pay enough to survive.i am qualified and keep applying for jobs.but no look as yet,i will never give up and I don't deserve to be poisoned because im on benefits.and by the way I worked for 11 yrs at same firm..and this is the first time on benefits..sadly you do not know what is around the corner..and also I don,t use the new shop but I would never begrude anybody of food,,

Reply Posted by Claude on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:31
Read: 'the benefit cheating lazy scum', of which you are not, if you were made redundant. Good luck finding work & why not try the shop if you can? I would, but I wouldn't qualify.

Reply Posted by s on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:33
I won't qualify has live away from the region..got interview next week in Nottingham,bit of a trek but decent money..

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:40
@s, Good luck, fingers crossed for you.

Reply Posted by Cari on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 16:17
I can't believe how everyone is speaking to ech other. Everyone is feeling the squeeze and you are being brainwashed by the media and government look at you saying that people can go hungry and die. I'm not saying there aren't people who abuse the system but that's a minority. I'm sad to think my children are growing up into this society

Reply Posted by onside on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 20:44
In reply to Off Shoot, I have reason to believe it is an offshoot of Marrans or is the same company with a name change

Reply Posted by onside on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 20:48
Jenni, there used to be a shop in Goldthorpe where you could buy battered tins and out of date foods, anyone remember Hobsons Choice supermarket during the miners strike? I went there and the food didn't hurt me or my family

Reply Posted by sue on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 20:54
That's right @onside,but that vwas years ago and during strike. Today I for one think its wrong and descriminating..

Reply Posted by onside on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 21:19
Point taken Sue, I worked in the food industry until recently and the amount of food wasted because of quality control is unbelievable. Food like cheese, prawns and bacon thrown away because the pallets they were delivered on had no cardboard on the bottom. I'd like to know which date the shop goes by when checking the dates is it the shelf life date or the use by date, if nit is the shelf life date the food is still ok although the use by date is not definate.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Saturday December 14 2013 at 11:37
I think this is a great idea. I love getting reduced food at the supermarket. I got a bag of parsnips and a bag of carrots for 15p each in a Sainsburys Local last night.

I cannot believe the people on this thread who begrudge people on benefits access to cheap food. I work full time and I am a higher rate tax payer. I could not give a damn! Unlike the bitter DOLEYS2K14 above who thinks that everybody on benefits drinks their life away. I doubt he eats good food anyway. Little Jayden and little Kayden are probably very familiar with Iceland sausages.





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