We have invested £20,000 to help hundreds of Knottingley residents on means-tested benefits to enjoy half-price food shopping, free skills training and free hot meals for children, at a new store on Pontefract Road, Knottingley.
The store opened on Wednesday and membership is open to any local resident who receives income support and is motivated to make a positive change to their lives. The Knottingley store is the eighth Community Shop in the network, and the first to open in West Yorkshire. It will serve around 750 members and creates eight new jobs.
We join partners Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Ocado, Bakkavor and Wakefield Council in funding the opening and are proud to be able to support such a great community cause.
Pete Beaumont, Service Director Housing and Social Investment at WDH said: "The Community Shop will be a fantastic facility for local residents to not only benefit from discounted healthy food items but also access hot meals at affordable prices for individuals and families in the community cafe. This facility has the potential to be a community anchor for Knottingley where partner services can come together to support people to address any wider need including money, budgeting and employment advice."
Natalie Brown, head of Community Shop said: “We are so pleased to be opening Community Shop Knottingley, and particularly to be expanding our offer in Yorkshire, where Community Shop began. The support we provide is focused around empowering and building stronger individuals and more confident communities, and over the past year this has been more essential than ever.”