Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Co-op scheme provides food and training

Fri 21 September 2012, 11:23 am

A new food co-operative for residents of the Barking Riverside development is providing both a vital local amenity and crucial work experience.

Food co-operative: Run by Southern Housing Group

Southern Housing Group has launched its Food on the Move mobile food store to offer easy access to fresh fruit and vegetables at affordable prices.

The specially converted van is managed by charity Community Food Enterprise and funded by Southern Housing. It is expected that the business will eventually become financially self-sustainable.

Southern Housing Group community regeneration officer Shereena Habib said the creation of the co-op was a inspired by residents. “One of the things regularly coming up through our consultation with residents was the need for a local food store of some kind,” she said.

“Working with CFE has meant we can respond to residents’ needs. As part of the funding we have provided, residents will be trained to manage the food store. This makes the scheme sustainable in the long term and provides valuable training and work experience for residents helping them to gain future employment.”

The mobile food store is stationed outside the Barking Rivergate Centre, in Minter Road, every Wednesday from 2.30-3.45pm.

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