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Many poor can't afford supermarket food, even though much of it goes to waste
A good portion of supermarket food is rejected by grocers because it might be mislabeled, have damaged packaging or be nearing an expiration date. That food is still edible, though.
Solution: Discount supermarket for the poor sells overstock products from other stores
nter "social supermarkets," a European model that offers discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The stores have grown in popularity across the continent, and this week, the U.K. opened its first. Dubbed Community Shop, the store is located in an impoverished former mining town in South Yorkshire.
Part discount grocer, part social service agency, the supermarkets are for members only. Membership is free, but it is limited to those who can prove they receive some form of welfare benefits. Members can save up to 70 percent on food that has been rejected by grocers.