Affordable food club launches in Willington Quay

Local charity St Paul’s Community Partnership has officially launched its new pop-up social supermarket.

Running every Thursday morning, residents can purchase up to 15 items for just £5 by signing up to the affordable food club.

A years membership costs just £1 and will allow residents to access items including fresh fruit and vegetables, cupboard items, toiletries, and cleaning goods.

Based in Willington Quay, the charity is already at the heart of the community offering everything from a weekly Warm Welcome through to kids clubs and fun days.

Thanks to funding from our Community Food Grant, the social supermarket is a new expansion of the support on offer.

A spokesperson for St Paul’s Community Partnership said “We are keen to help our community to flourish and this is one further way we can support local people.

“Going forward we will also be offering fridge and freezer goods within the next few weeks to help family budgets stretch that little bit further. All are welcome.'

Cllr Karen Clark, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at North Tyneside Council, said: “Charities like St Paul’s are at the centre of our local communities and as the cost of living continues to impact residents, we know it’s more important than ever to ensure everyone has access to affordable food.

“Its pop-up social supermarket gives residents the choice to select the items they want and need at affordable prices and because there’s no referral needed, residents can access the support as and when they choose.

“This is another step in supporting our residents and ensuring that the right support is in place for those who need it right across our borough.”

The opening of the social supermarket is one of five openings in North Tyneside in January 2024. It follows on from the launch of our Community Food Grant in which local organisations could access funding to open food support in their area.

St Paul’s Community Partnership affordable food club runs each Thursday between 10am and 12pm.

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