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Community Grocery to open in Telford

Community Grocery to open in Telford

From Tuesday 2 November the cost of the weekly shop will be plummeting for people across Telford and Wellington with the opening of All Nations Community Grocery.

Based in All Nations Church on Holyhead Road in Telford, the Community Grocery will help tackle food poverty locally by providing affordable food for members and allowing them to do a large food shop for only £3 per visit – saving on average over £30 each shop.

Step inside and you’ll find the same range of products you’d expect to see in your local supermarkets, including fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned goods, baked items, frozen food, sanitary and household items, thanks to donations by local suppliers and supermarkets.

An initiative of national charity The Message Trust, the store is being run in partnership with All Nations Church. The store will be the newest Community Grocery to open, with nine other stores across England already helping to feed over 8,600 families.

Community Groceries are about more than just food. Members also have access to a range of services including employment clubs, debt advice, mental wellbeing courses, exploring Christianity and cookery courses.

Andy Hawthorne OBE, Chief Executive and Founder of The Message Trust said: “Covid and lockdowns have had a massive impact on everyone’s lives, but for millions it’s made it difficult for them to afford everyday essentials like food. We couldn’t stand by and do nothing, so the Community Groceries began. Bridging the gap between supermarkets and foodbanks, we’re here to make it easier for our members to put food on the table by reducing the cost of the weekly shop, whilst also providing them with support and courses too. Over 8,600 members across the UK are now shopping in stores each week, and we can’t wait to welcome people to All Nations Community Grocery from 2 November.”

“It is an honour for as All Nations Telford to partner with The Message Trust to see transformation in our community through the launch of the Community Grocery. Being a new church in the area our desire has been to be help meet the needs of families in our community and to use our church building as an outlet to do this. We believe the Community Grocery will bring practical help to the people that need it most as well as offering various courses for members. We are so excited to see transformation and the community coming together as we serve the people of Telford,” said Rick and Sarah Kaul, leaders of All Nations Telford.

Membership costs just £5 per year and members are able to visit three times a week and choose their own shopping for their families.

Our Telford store is just one of many Community Groceries with stores in Netherton, Wigan, Hexham, Sheffield and Bolton having opened recently, and others in Bedworth and Newcastle also opening soon.

To find out more about All Nations Community Grocery head to communitygrocery.org.uk

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