In December 2019, we made a decision to tackle food poverty and insecurity in our local communities. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit we were well on our way to realising our vision of opening Angus’s first Social Supermarket.
Due to the urgency of the situation, Community First UK concentrated all our efforts on supporting our local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free S-Mart Grocery Packs to those who needed a helping hand.
People who may have never considered using anything other than a supermarket for their weekly food shop are suddenly facing the prospect of having to make difficult choices at the end of the month, when the bills come in and their wages no longer cover their outgoings.
The work we had already done in the past few months in planning the S-Mart Social Supermarket put us in a strong position to act fast in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We had already developed a great relationship with Fareshare, who are providing the low cost, high quality food we use in the free grocery packs, and much of the infrastructure was already in place for receiving, storing and distributing the food.
Local residents and businesses have already donated £25,000 to the project, with the same amount coming from the Scottish Government.