Project information

Hull Community Shop (HCS)

To provide nutritious and affordable food for people/families who are suffering from food poverty.

Access to affordable, healthy food at a reduced rate. Payment is made via donation or volunteering with a EMS project of helping out in the Hull Community Shop.

June 2016 - January 2018

Charity information: Environmental & Management Solutions Limited

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  • Need


    Working with residents, community groups and local suppliers to alleviate food poverty.

    Oxfam estimates more than 500,000 people in the UK are now reliant on food parcels.

    1 in 6 parents have gone without food to feed their families.

    1 in 3 children in Hull live in poverty (end child poverty).

    Experian ranks Hull 2nd out of 326 as having the greatest risk of poverty taking account of multiple factors.


    Affordable Food: The aim of the scheme is to reduce the price of everyday food items so that HCS members can afford to purchase healthy options that would normally be out of their budget.

    Avoiding Food Waste: Collecting surplus food that would otherwise be disposed of to landfill.

    Healthy Eating: We will provide a wide range of healthy options within the HCS along with the food stock we will provide information and guidance on health eating and the preparation of healthy meals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Alleviating levels of food poverty in Hull


    » Running the Hull Community Shop as a membership scheme.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from resdients engaged in the HCS

    Aim 2

    Offering affordable nutritious meals.


    » Cooking on a budget/one pot meals sessions.

    What success will look like

    Feedback back from resdients who access the community shop and the cooking on a budget courses that we run.

  • Impact


    Reduce the levels of debt and food poverty in Hull.

    Residents will be offered budgeting and debt relief support.

    We will also offer energy efficiency advice and support to reduce residents utility bills.


    The supply of produce from shops and supermarkets. We have a large number of shops that we collect surplus produce from to ensure we have a constant supply.

    We are also working with allotment holders to provide locally grown fruit and vegetables.


    Feedback on the number of members of the HCS and questionnaire responses from resdients and partners involved. A social audit of the HCS project will also be undertaken providing a detailed outcomes based report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,250

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Admin Project support, completing paperwork with residents and partners
      £3,000 Project Management Staff Salaries and Transport to collect surplus food
      £500 Printing and Stationary Leaflets & banners to promote the HCS. Paper and ink to produce the forms required
      £1,500 Rent Used to rent some space in a charity shop to reduce costs
      £750 Cooking on a Budget Cooking equipment and food needed to run the courses
      £500 Room Hire Space to run the coooking on a budget course
      £500 General Project equipment PPE for food handling, gloves, aprons, cleaning items, specialist soap hand gel, first aid items
  • Background


    From the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2015, Hull is ranked as the 3rd most deprived local authority in England (out of 326 local authorities), having been ranked the 10th most deprived local authority in 2010.

    This means that Hull is relatively more deprived in 2015, compared to other local authorities, than it was in 2010.

    Seven of Hull’s wards are amongst the 1% most deprived wards in England, with a further seven Hull wards among England’s most deprived 10% of wards.


    Residents as they will potentially have more disposable income, be more active and have access to a healthier diet.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Members of the EMS team have over 25 years experience delivering community focused/led environmental projects throughout the city of Hull.

    We have worked with a large number of residents in east Hull since 2002 and have an extensive network of partner organisations to signpost residents to.

    We also feel very passionate about working with residents to reduce the levels of poverty within the City of Hull.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andy Steele

    HCS/Community Co-ordinator running the project on a day to day basis.

    Andy Rees

    Volunteer Co-ordinator, looking at the volunteers and ensuring they are getting satisfation out of their rolls within EMS Ltd.

    Becky Norman

    Administration responsible for all the paperwork and membership/volunteers feedback.