A new convenience food store opened by The Southern Co-operative in Newbury is giving West Berkshire Foodbank its support with a £500 donation and a permanent food collection point in the store.
17 jobs have been created with the opening of the new store at 35 Pound Street (11 June), which was officially opened by Andrew Bruce, Chairman of West Berkshire Foodbank (pictured 2nd from right), together with store manager Mike Hand (pictured 3rd from left).
“West Berks Foodbank is delighted that The Southern Co-operative is opening a new food store in Newbury and that it is keen to support the work of the Food Bank with financial support and a permanent in-store food collection point,” said Andrew Bruce. He added; “In its first year since forming in April 2013, West Berkshire Foodbank collected over 40 tonnes of food and fed 2988 local people in crisis for food, including 913 children. Food donations are literally life sustaining to those seeking relief from their crisis hunger predicaments, including redundancy, unemployment and social fund reforms. We look forward to a strong ongoing relationship with The Southern Co-operative and the generous support of their customers.”
The Southern Co-operative is an independent, regional co-operative with its roots in neighbouring Hampshire and over 200 community food stores across the south of England. It has a sister store in Berkshire at Lambourn with its other nearest stores located in Tadley and Overton. Gemma Lacey, Head of Sustainability at The Southern Co-operative, said: “Being actively involved in our communities supports our co-operative ethos and is an important part of the way we do business. Our support for West Berkshire Foodbank in our new Newbury store complements our existing food collection points in stores, including Portsmouth, Chichester and the Isle of Wight as well as funding support to help the foodbanks to continue to operate.”
Shoppers have the opportunity to win £150 co-operative vouchers simply by giving their feedback about the new store, which is open 7am to 11pm, seven days a week, by 22 June.