Scotland’s First Community Supermarket
Ground-breaking plans are afoot, put forward by the North Ayrshire Foodbank, for Scotland’s first ever Community Supermarket to open in North Ayrshire. If plans come to fruition, the shop would source surplus food from existing supermarkets, have charitable status and be staffed by volunteers; serving disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the local community.
The scheme would benefit those on a low income, who would be able to buy the goods rather than rely on free donated Foodbank supplies and at the same time prevent food waste and landfill. It would also provide an opportunity to volunteers to gain formal training, through modern apprenticeships and employability schemes, possibly leading to future in mainstream employment in retail.