Shop and Donate CIC is a social supermarket fighting food waste and food poverty, where the customer’s contribution goes towards supporting food banks, key workers and helping vulnerable residents affected by COVID-19.
What is a social supermarket?
A social supermarket is a shop that sells discounted food to people on a lower income. We operate as a traditional supermarket but at reduced prices (e.g., selling at 70% less than high street prices).
How does Shop and Donate work?
With Shop and Donate you can shop for groceries or buy a box for another person online and we can deliver for £5.75, next day delivery anywhere in the UK.
If you come to our physical store you can subscribe to our loyalty program where you can get £15 worth of groceries for only £5.
Reducing the costs of food ensures our customers are well fed and can afford other essentials such as housing and utility costs. This along with the low-cost products distinguishes it from the other supermarkets. The food is in-date and wholesome and would otherwise be sent to landfills by big retailers for a variety of reasons including items packaged and weighed incorrectly and over-production.
How the loyalty program works
For just £5 you can get £15 worth of groceries or 10 items. Along with this, we also offer each customer a loyalty card where they can get every 10th order for free.
Items you can take:
- 4 x Low-value items
- 3 x Medium-value items
- 3 x High-value items
Why are the items categorised?
All of the items are categorised by Low, Medium & High-value based on a mixture of retail price, volume, “use by” / “best before” dates, and the demand of the stock. This way we can make the best use of the stock we have and ensure fairness. For example, it would not be very fair if one member took 10 jars of coffee leaving none for anyone else!
What products we have
The food sold in our supermarket is very varied. We have breakfast (tea, coffee, cereal), tinned goods, pasta, rice, and fresh fruit and vegetables, plus some toiletries.
Where you can order from
Our customers have the option of buying products directly from our physical or online supermarket as well as from our e-commerce partners, such as Too Good To Go, Deliveroo, Karma Life, Amazon, and eBay.
Our team and suppliers
Overall, we have a team of about 15 people who are dedicated and of various experiences and ages. As well as volunteers who are experienced in admin, finance, HR, customer service and fundraising, we are already connected to a variety of suppliers who can provide us with goods. The goods are sourced from mainstream supermarkets, local shops, donations from members of the public, and food redistribution organizations such as Fareshare, Giving World, Banquet, and supermarkets like M&S and Lidl.
Come and join us!
The social supermarket runs from our office based in Victoria, however, we are looking to expand the supermarket and reach more people. This will also provide a great opportunity for members of the local community to become involved in the project, as we will be able to provide them with voluntary and work experience opportunities in addition to also offering access to affordable low-cost food and products.