The Anson Community Shop, a community food-sharing membership scheme, which gives people the opportunity to buy food, toiletries and household essentials at hugely discounted prices, launched in April 2016 after securing funding from our One Manchester Community Fund and Fare Share Greater Manchester.
Based at our Anson Community House which serves Rusholme and Longsight, the shop is run entirely by trained local volunteers who gain new skills, confidence and friends. Watch the video below to hear from the volunteers in their own words how the Anson Community Shop has helped change their lives.
As people struggle to pay bills and put food on the table, Anson Community Shop offers access to a basket of goods for £2.50 from Fareshare, Tesco, M & S and other local suppliers,worth more than £12 which would otherwise go to landfill.
Managed by Healthy Me Healthy Communities, with volunteers responsible for day-to-day operations, One Manchester’s role is as an enabler, providing the shop premises and a £5000 financial contribution through our One Manchester Community Fund to kit-out the shop.
The shop is also helping improve people’s ability to cook nutritious meals on a budget, using food regularly available in the shop, and helping tackle social isolation by bringing the community together and offering a delivery service for people who can’t access the supermarket. Additional support services are provided through partnerships with NHS Buzz public-health service who offer health checks and our One Money team who offer advice around managing money and debt.
It brings people together from different sections of the community.
"I like the different range that you might not think of buying. I have tried peppers for the first time., and I now get wholemeal bread for the family."
"It is good to get cereal. At least the children have a breakfast."