Cedarwood Trust launch pop-up food shop in Battle Hill

Residents in Battle Hill in North Tyneside have access to a new, affordable mobile food shop thanks to Cedarwood Trust and North Tyneside Council.

Located at Church of the Good Shepherd, the pop-up shop is an expansion of Cedarwood Trust’s successful Nourish Store model.

Set up to increase access to affordable food in the borough, the store will open each Friday with a food shop costing just £4 for around £16 worth of food.

The charity hope that by signing new members up to the pop-up store that they can encourage more residents to access their wide range of support at their Meadow Well base including debt advice, budgeting, training and so much more.

The Cedarwood Trust pop-up store will run each Friday between 11.30am and 1pm at The Church of the Good Shepherd near Battle Hill Primary School.

Wayne Dobson, CEO of The Cedarwood Trust, said “The cost of living is impacting on many resident's finances, at Cedarwoods our aim is that people do not fall into crisis. The Nourish Social Supermarket is a vital resource that provides access to affordable food and wraparound support at a place and time within the resident’s community.”

The opening of the social supermarket is the one of five new stores opening in North Tyneside this month, following on from the launch of the Council’s Community Food Grant in which local organisations could access funding to open food support in their area.

Cllr Karen Clark, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at North Tyneside Council, said: “Everyone deserves access to affordable food and through our Community Food Grant we have been able to support charities and organisations in the heart of our communities to create new social supermarkets to support our residents.

“The Cedarwood Trust’s Nourish store in North Shields is already supporting hundreds of people by bridging the gap between supermarkets and emergency food provision and the launch of the new pop-up store in Battle Hill will allow them to support even more residents.”

Cedarwood Trust’s Community Membership Store has been created to offer a quality shopping experience via a weekly membership system to support those on low incomes to reduce food costs and food waste. Members simply pay £4 to get at least £15 worth of shopping, which includes fresh fruit and veg, chilled and frozen foods as well as toiletries and cleaning goods. The store runs alongside existing services at Cedarwood Trust, so anyone using the store can access everything else on offer, including debt advice, budgeting, family and pastoral support, training and volunteer experiences and so much more. To join the subscription supermarket, pop into the Cedarwood Trust with proof of address and £1 to join.

A full map of food support in North Tyneside is available here.