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Shoppers urged to help feed the needy

Shoppers are being asked to help families living on the poverty line.

Customers are being asked to buy one extra item when they do their festive grocery shopping at the Co-op stores in London Road, Brighton, Blatchington Road, Hove, Ham Road, Shoreham and the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, to help poor families put food on the table this Christmas.

Tinned foods, dried pasta, cooking sauces, tea and coffee, should be put in the FareShare collection points, to be distributed to families in need, women’s refuges and homeless shelters across the area.

FareShare project manager Nathan Au said: “It’s awful to think that any of our neighbours would be going hungry, and while we may feel this issue is especially pertinent at Christmas, it’s a problem that isn’t going to go away after the decorations have come down.

“The people and families we visit are often isolated from the rest of society, feel embarrassed and don’t know where to turn for help.

“Everyone at FareShare is delighted to be working with our local Co-operative Food stores and Co-operative members.

“It’s fantastic that collections will keep going in 2013 so we can continue helping people to put food on the table.”

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9:04pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Co-Op made around £110,000,000 (110 million pounds) profit last year.

Why can't they help the needy.

Ridiculous idea from a stupid supermarket that is utterly understocked and smelly.
Co-Op made around £110,000,000 (110 million pounds) profit last year. Why can't they help the needy. Ridiculous idea from a stupid supermarket that is utterly understocked and smelly. Algeria Touchshriek
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12:32am Wed 5 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

better still,how about the government helps,thats if theres anything left after they got caught stealing taxpayers cash the other year!!!! the dirty,lying corrupt cheating snakes they all are,,,,,jeremy clarkson,where are you?????
better still,how about the government helps,thats if theres anything left after they got caught stealing taxpayers cash the other year!!!! the dirty,lying corrupt cheating snakes they all are,,,,,jeremy clarkson,where are you????? funkyyoyo
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4:19am Wed 5 Dec 12

JoeBlow says...

This is already common practice in most civilized countries.
This is already common practice in most civilized countries. JoeBlow
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5:41am Wed 5 Dec 12

Mrslug says...

Its pretty appalling that so many people cannot afford to buy food. Poor people are punished with indirect tax (VAT for example) and energy prices/green taxes while the wealth creating parts and high income of society pay less if any tax at all (Low Income and Corporation taxs)

I'm glad thet the Co-op is taking some initiative in addressing this problem while the government couldn't care less and protect their own (City bankers etc.. Royal Family tax breaks)

Perhaps the (New) Labour party might commit themselves back to redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor rather than behaving like tory party2, and re-instate "clause 3", and adress the real problems in society rather than equality rights for foreigners.
Its pretty appalling that so many people cannot afford to buy food. Poor people are punished with indirect tax (VAT for example) and energy prices/green taxes while the wealth creating parts and high income of society pay less if any tax at all (Low Income and Corporation taxs) I'm glad thet the Co-op is taking some initiative in addressing this problem while the government couldn't care less and protect their own (City bankers etc.. Royal Family tax breaks) Perhaps the (New) Labour party might commit themselves back to redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor rather than behaving like tory party2, and re-instate "clause 3", and adress the real problems in society rather than equality rights for foreigners. Mrslug
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7:25am Wed 5 Dec 12

ARealBessie says...

If the Co-Op is so concerned about the poor then it needs to lower its food prices so the poor can actually afford to shop in its stores (Its now cheaper to shop at Sainsbury’s, Aldi’s and the poundshops).
Better yet, the Co-op can make up fantastic, wholesome food parcels from out of the thousands of pounds in fresh produce that its supermarkets throw out for landfill on a weekly basis.

This ‘appeal’ is nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy that involves guilt tripping customers into buying more products.

Shame on the Co-Op.
If the Co-Op is so concerned about the poor then it needs to lower its food prices so the poor can actually afford to shop in its stores (Its now cheaper to shop at Sainsbury’s, Aldi’s and the poundshops). Better yet, the Co-op can make up fantastic, wholesome food parcels from out of the thousands of pounds in fresh produce that its supermarkets throw out for landfill on a weekly basis. This ‘appeal’ is nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy that involves guilt tripping customers into buying more products. Shame on the Co-Op. ARealBessie
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7:57am Wed 5 Dec 12

leobrighton says...

Buy more stuff, put it in the box, at closing time its put back on the shelves. Win Win all round for the Co-op. LOL
Buy more stuff, put it in the box, at closing time its put back on the shelves. Win Win all round for the Co-op. LOL leobrighton
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