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More Social Grocery Stores Needed

During the 13th Meeting of Food Banks Against Hunger, held at the Jesuit College, Rita Andrade, the Regional Secretary for Social Inclusion and Citizenship stated that she firmly believes that those in need should have access to ‘Social Grocery Stores.’ 

The creation of Social Groceries, managed by the Food Bank Against Hunger, in partnership with the Regional Secretary for Social Inclusion and Citizenship, is an innovative project in the Region. The goal of the social grocery store is to give more dignity to families, by providing a ‘local’ social store, that allows people to select the products they need. Purchases are paid for through a family credit system.

Currently, there are three social grocery stores on the island.  These are located in Ribeira Grande, run by ASA – Association of Development of Santo António, in the Hospital District and managed by the Association Luís de Camões, and in Água de Pena, Machico.

Social grocery stores are supplied by donations, thanks to several existing regional partnerships against food waste.  Food banks were created to combat food waste and recover daily surpluses from industry, agriculture, markets, and distribution networks while promoting sustainability.

Samantha Gannon

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