A new community shop has opened in Irvine, where residents can buy high quality groceries and essential items at low prices.
The Choices Community Shop on Fullarton Street is available to residents of the city with a zip code of KA12.
It’s the newest community food project in North Ayrshire, this time in partnership with the Fulllarton Community Association and North Ayrshire Council.
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The store operates on a membership basis, offering a mini-supermarket-like environment where residents have the opportunity to choose foods that suit their own preferences and dietary needs.
The organizers want to take a worthy approach to tackling food insecurity while helping to keep the money going by providing access to quality food at a lower cost.
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Residents visiting Choices are asked to pay an annual membership fee of £ 1.
There is a weekly charge of £ 3 per week for individuals and a weekly charge of £ 5 per week for larger families.
Unlike a grocery bank, Choices is not an emergency grocery supply, and no wire transfer is required to access the store.
Shop customers can also direct individuals and families to other services that can provide assistance on a range of topics including money management, budgeting, budget cooking, accredited learning, community learning, volunteering, and employability support.
Donna Fitzpatrick of the Fullarton Community Association said, “During the pandemic, there was a clear need for declining food to alleviate food poverty by providing food to individuals and families at reduced costs.
“We would like to thank the members of the Connected Communities team at North Ayrshire Council for their support in opening our community shop. We could not have reached this stage without working in partnership with the Council.
“I’d also like to extend a special thank you to our dedicated volunteer teams who have been with us since we opened the Community Hubs in Fullarton and Vineburgh to support people who were screened, isolated or needed a helping hand during the pandemic.”
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The North Ayrshire Council has assisted community organizations in the joint production of a North Ayrshire Community Food network known as North Ayrshire Fairer Food after the first coronavirus lockdown.
Audrey Sutton, Executive Director of Community and Education, said, “There is some fantastic food delivery work going on in North Ayrshire and we welcome this latest community food project to the North Ayrshire Fairer Food Network.
“It is inspiring to see how committed the people in our communities are to really improving the lives of families and individuals in the region. Well done to everyone who helped open the Choices Community Shop!
“We will continue to work with the great North Ayrshire community organizations in the coming months to help them deliver food to the community through refrigerators, pantries and pantries.”
KA12 area residents can apply for membership to access Choices by clicking the following link: https://tinyurl.com/choicesfullarton
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the shop is currently only in operation by appointment. It is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To make an appointment, please call 01294 278207 or 01294 317156. Alternatively, you can send an email to [email protected]
If you would like to donate items to the shop or would like more information, please email [email protected] or call either 01294 278207 or 01294 317156.
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