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The Bread and Butter Thing food hub comes to Market Deeping

Cut-price food will be made available through the expansion of a membership scheme.

The Bread and Butter Thing, which offers members groceries at reduced prices, opens in Market Deeping on Tuesday next week (March 26).

The first such South Kesteven District Council food hub opened at Christ Church in Green Lane, Stamford last year, handing over food to members on Thursdays.

Mark Game from The Bread and Butter Thing
Mark Game from The Bread and Butter Thing

The new hub will be at The Iron Horse in High Street, Market Deeping.

South Kesteven District Council is using £152,000 from the Government’s ‘levelling up’ money to establish two mobile hubs for The Bread and Butter Thing in Grantham, and one each in Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings.

The Bread and Butter Thing works with supermarkets, factories and farms to redistribute food that would otherwise go to waste.

Coun Rhea Rayside (Stamford St George’s – LibDem), cabinet member for people and communities, said: “The council is proud to support this growing initiative to help people meet the rising cost of living in South Kesteven, giving help to those who need it the most.

“What makes it more remarkable is that it sources supplies from food that would normally go to waste, from supermarkets, factories and farms.

"It is the third individual initiative of its kind in the district and we are very fortunate to have them here at a time when so many families are struggling.

“George’s Food Hub and Second Helpings - both founded by George Hetherington in Stamford - acknowledge the need to redistribute food to those experiencing food poverty.

“I hope The Bread and Butter thing assists more of those individuals in need, although we acknowledge there are still many we are unable to reach.

"I look forward to all these projects working together to support the communities and we look forward to welcoming the next hub for our district.”

At its weekly hubs, The Bread and Butter Thing members can access three bags of fruit and vegetables, chilled food and cupboard staples at discounted prices.

About £35-worth of food is offered for £8.50 each week. The food offering changes daily, which means bags change from week to week, meaning some weeks the savings will be greater than others.

The Bread and Butter Thing chief executive Mark Game said: “We are pleased to be bringing our affordable food clubs to Market Deeping to provide support to the people of South Kesteven via the Iron Horse Hub.

“We are all about creating long-term, sustainable routes out of poverty and building strong communities.

“We’re looking forward to getting to know our new communities and spreading the benefits of our affordable food project to more families struggling to feed themselves and their dependents well and healthily.

“By using The Bread and Butter Thing, most members save at least £25 a week on their food budgets with the added benefits of better quality and a bigger variety of food, leading to a healthier lifestyle and putting money back in people’s pockets for them to spend on other priorities.”

Details of further The Bread and Butter Thing launch dates and venues will be announced.

To sign up to The Bread and Butter Thing:

• Text 07860 063304 with your full name, postcode, and the name of the hub you will be collecting from. In the Deepings this is: IRON HORSE

• Select the size of order you want to receive: Family - £8.50. Also available are Individual - £5, or Large Family - £17. There is a Vegetarian option available

• The Bread and Butter Thing will send a text every Sunday to see if an order is required. Reply “YES” by 10am the next day; the order will be delivered to the Deeping Hub on Tuesday at 2pm

• Collect and pay from The Iron Horse, Market Deeping

• Everyone who signs up before June 29 will receive their first order free.

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