Why are social supermarkets becoming a UK staple?
17 May 2022
Why are social supermarkets becoming a UK staple?

Social supermarkets provide food that has dropped out of the mainstream supply chain at a much reduced or token price to local communities. With a cost of living crisis causing many Britons to tighten their belts, what can businesses outside of the sector learn from SSMs’ success?

Andrew Forsey

Andrew Forsey is the national director of Feeding Britain. Between 2013 and 2019, he was the head of the office of Frank Field MP in the House of Commons. In 2014 he served as Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into hunger in the UK and co-ordinated the Feeding Birkenhead programme, the first of Feeding Britain’s regional partnerships. Andrew combines practical action and research with policy and legislative expertise to prevent hunger and food poverty while also addressing their root causes through systemic change.

Megan Blake

Megan Blake is a researcher specialising in food security and food deserts. She currently works as a senior lecturer in the department of geography at the University of Sheffield. She is also a member of the Greater Manchester Poverty Action's Food and Wellbeing group, Sheffield City Council's Food Group, the Doncaster Food Partnership Board, and the Healthy Weight Networking Group in Yorkshire.

Sharon Goodyer

Sharon Goodyer is the founder of Our Kitchen in Thanet, Kent.

Neil McQuillian

Neil McQuillian is a features writer for The Guardian, The Economist, The Telegraph, BBC, and others, and is an editor at Industry Dive and Magnum Photos.