26 Mar 2021
We were delighted to welcome Islington Mayor Janet Burgess to our pop-up food co-op this morning. Staff and volunteers were able to show her what we had on offer and Janet was able to talk to volunteers and customers to find out what they thought of our pilot project.
Volunteer Sanaa talked the Mayor through how we are able to provide free food for Islington residents for a membership fee of £3 and she showed her what dried goods we had for sale, at cost price. We've been lucky to have donations of food from the CPU and from the Felix Project, which give us a good spread of food basics and vegetables for the co-op.
The idea behind the co-op is to try out different methods of setting up a co-op from scratch and encourage volunteers to learn how to do it so that they may go and start their own co-op. An initiative from the Islington Food Poverty Alliance, chaired by Manor Gardens' Alex Britten, the project is funded by Sustain, alongside six other pilot projects run by other community organisations in the borough.
The pilot runs until the end of April and is open to anyone to join.