COMMUNITY SUPERMARKET OPENS IN PEACEHAVEN TO HELP TACKLE FOOD INSECURITY

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) are partnering with
Kempton House Day Centre in Peacehaven to host a weekly Community
Supermarket, to be run and used by local residents.
Peacehaven Community Supermarket will launch on Thursday March 18th 2021.

Community Supermarkets operate as a membership scheme, on the principle that everyone should have
access to healthy, affordable food, close to home. Members will be able to access food and essential
household items and membership fees will be on a pay as you feel basis, meaning that people will be
invited to decide how much they contribute, based on what they can afford.
Penny Shimmin, CEO of SCDA said, “There are many people in Peacehaven affected by changed
financial circumstances and increasing numbers of people, including families with children, accessing the
Seahaven Foodbank. The Community Supermarket offers a step out of emergency food help. It is a
chance to tackle hardship and harness the immense willingness of local residents to support their
neighbours.”
Cllr. Claude Cheta, Mayor of Peacehaven will welcome the community supermarket’s first members, and
said, “I am delighted that Peacehaven residents now have access to a local community supermarket. Our
aim is to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry in our community and that those who have, share with
those who have not. We have seen many acts of kindness amongst Peacehaven residents and I want to
thank everyone who worked hard to make this happen. Together, we will overcome inequality, loneliness
and injustice.”
SCDA continues to provide emergency food parcels to residents in Peacehaven via Seahaven Foodbank.
But the Community Supermarket will allow members to make choices about the food they get. The
volunteer team will respond directly the needs of the community to help prevent food poverty and
malnutrition.
Peacehaven Community Supermarket will obtain the food from a variety of sources, including Fareshare Sussex and by developing relationships with local businesses, helping to reduce food waste and keeping the environmental impact as low as possible.
Anybody interested in getting involved with Peacehaven Community Supermarket should email

food@sussexcommunity.org.uk