Tavs Food Co-op
We recognise the growing need for affordable, good heathy food and that the pandemic has exacerbated this need. We feel that the Tavs Center is in a great position to be able to help facilitate a food cooperative. A full coop model will take time to develop, however we believe the principles of a cooperative are important:
A Food cooperative is a member led initiative where members work together to find a more sustainable solution to their financial struggles to keep themselves fed by purchasing food and other items at a reduced price. Members decide together what to buy, how to run the coop and all contribute a fee to the purchase of the items.
We believe this is a sustainable model which the Tavs Centre can use to help tackle food poverty with dignity, alongside helping to reduce surplus food waste. Members contribute £2 and receive approximately £15 of food (ranging from fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meats). We feel that this would be a way for Tavs users to have a workable and affordable solution, that they can help manage therefore increasing self-esteem, purpose and dignity.