Peacehaven Community Supermarket is open on Thursdays from 11am to 3pm at Kempton House Day Centre.
Community supermarkets provide a long term, community led approach to food insecurity, help lessen the need for foodbanks and reduce food waste.
Seahaven Community Food coordinator, Stef Lake, answered some commonly asked questions about this project:
Is it a foodbank?
Peacehaven Community Supermarket is not a foodbank. Once you are a member you can come as often as you like, for as long as you like and we work really hard on reducing stigma – we want it to be a positive welcoming space, something that people look forward to each week. The main difference between a community supermarket and a foodbank is that our members can choose from a range of food and other items, so that they get the food their family enjoy most.
Where does the food come from?
Most of our food is ‘surplus’, which means it would otherwise have been wasted, but it’s still great quality. We source food through FareShare and are building connections with local food businesses. We encourage local residents to share their own surplus food with us, so that nothing goes to waste. We have a really nice mix, from fresh fruit and veg to cupboard staples such as pasta, as well a freezer stocked with meals cooked in our kitchen at Denton Island, which are very popular.
How much does it cost?
Members are asked to contribute on a pay as you feel basis—this means that they can decide what to pay, based on what they feel able to contribute—and we understand that sometimes that might be nothing at all. Some weeks people might pay more, and some weeks they might pay less, and that’s fine. All of the contributions go back into the project.
Do you just stock food?
Our main focus is on providing healthy & delicious food, but members also have access to toiletries, sanitary products, as well as some cleaning, washing products and toilet roll. Our selection varies each week, depending on what we’ve been given, but if people tell us that there is something in particular they need, we do our best to get it for them.
Kempton House Day Centre are looking forward to offering tea and coffee alongside the community supermarket, so people can stay for a cuppa and a chat as well. Social interactions are a key part of what we do – we want everyone to feel welcome and supported. It’s about getting food onto people’s tables, but it’s so much more than that as well.
If you are interested in volunteering with Peacehaven Community Supermarket, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to sign up as a member please phone 01273 516032
You can find more information about Peacehaven Community Supermarket on the Sussex Community website.