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Sweden's first social supermarket opens in Stockholm

Published måndag 7 december 2015 kl 20.15
"People are very curious about the concept"
(0:37 min)
Photo: Tiina Laitila Kälvemark/Sveriges Radio Sisuradio
The store 'Matmissionen'. Photo: Tiina Laitila Kälvemark/Sveriges Radio Sisuradio

The doors to Stockholm's first social supermarket opens Tuesday. The store is run by the Stockholm City Mission charity and offers cheap food for low-income customers.

The store is located in the neighbourhood of Rågsved in the south of Stockholm and offers only surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away. The store is a way both to reduce food waste and to give low-income customers good products at a more affordable price, says project manager Anne Lunde Dinesen.

"People who live on welfare don't always have the money to buy enough food for themselves and their families and at the same time we are throwing away 622,000 tonnes of edible food each year. This is why we started working with surplus food and why we tried to come up with a way of solving both these problems," says Anne Lunde Dinesen.

The store will carry all sorts of food items and Anne Lunde Dinesen says that anyone is welcome to shop there, but the 30 percent discount only applies for store members. To become a member you need to have documents that prove that you have a low income.

The store already has 200 members and many people have been curious about the project, says Lunde Dinesen.

"They are all very much looking forward to this shop to see what surplus food looks like. Both our members and the locals here in Rågsved have been very curious about the concept," Lunde Dinesen says.

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