Community pop-up shop will take pressure off Portsmouth residents as Landport Larder opens its doors

HARD-HIT communities are being given a helping hand thanks to a new pop-up shop offering food for a fraction of supermarket prices.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:59 pm

Portsmouth residents will now be able to access the Landport Larder after it opened earlier today.

This community shop is designed to take some pressure off the community following the effects of the pandemic.

For just £3.50 a week, people can select 10 items from a selection of tins, chilled items, and fresh fruit and veg.

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Some of the food available at Landport Community Centre, Portsmouth on 20 April 2021 Picture: Habibur Rahman

They will be able to take home groceries which would cost an average of £15 from the supermarket.

The larder has been set up by Enable Ability at Landport Community Centre, with financial support from housing provider Abri.

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Alan Jenkins, community centre manager, said; ‘We wanted to do something to support our community, so we decided to set up the Landport Larder to help make sure no one would go without nutritious food.

Portsmouth residents will be able to purchase food at a fraction of the cost of the supermarkets when the Landport Larder Pictured: Community development officer, Paula Windebank and centre manager, Alan Jenkins with customer, Hollie Sherrad at Landport Community Centre, Portsmouth on 20 April 2021 Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘It’s open to everyone, whether you’re on benefits or not. All you need to do is simply turn up, sign up as a member for £1, and then you can come down every week and buy your items.’

Abri has provided £1,500 funding, which will cover Fareshare supplies for the larder for six months.

Paula Windebank, community development officer at the firm, said: ‘We’re proud to support the Landport Larder and help our community access fresh, healthy, affordable food.

‘It’s part of our five-year £15m investment to create thriving communities and empower lives, making sure we’re delivering change where it’s needed most.’

Stephen Morgan MP, Jon Muller (Chair of Trustees, Enable Ability), Richard Soutar (Enable Ability Manager), Paula Windebank (Community Development Officer, Abri) at the opening of the Landport Larder

The Landport Larder was opened by Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South.

He said: ‘It’s great to see initiatives like the Landport Larder offer much needed support to our communities.

‘While we know that the pandemic has hit us all hard, it has also brought communities together, supporting each other and coming up with new, creative ways to help others.

Some of the food available at Landport Community Centre, Portsmouth on 20 April 2021 Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘I hope we see more initiatives like this to create a positive legacy for what has been a hard time for us all.’

The Landport Larder will be open on Tuesdays, from 10am to 1pm at Landport Community Centre in Charles Street.

Customers will need to bring their own bag to take items home in and will need to wear a mask while in the centre.

Visit landportcc.org.uk for more information.

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