Tang Hall Community Centre

07 October 2020

Locally-owned shops where people can buy affordable, healthy food and keep local wealth more equitably within communities is integral to addressing health inequalities.

Many people live without access to a large supermarket, or are forced to factor travel costs into their weekly shop budgets, limiting their diets even further. Tang Hall is a neighbourhood in York experiencing disadvantage and has one the highest rates of child poverty in the city.

The Tang Hall Food Co-operative was set up to address the challenges of limited access to shops where residents could buy healthy, affordable food, within their own community.

Project members at the food co-operative

The project created an accessible green community space where local people can grow food together and have since used food to deepen community connections, expand social circles and enable skill sharing. Residents established a food co-op for selling and swapping produce, learning cooking skills and sharing community meals. 

The food co-op enables local people to access fresh, healthy food locally, whilst retaining money in the local community and also ensures that food is part of a local supply chain, which is an important element in creating a strong local economy.

During lockdown, the Community Hall became a Local Authority Hub and Tang Hall Food Co-Operative operated a food delivery service to support their community to access food and other supplies. The Community Hall and Co-op were able to reopen in September.

“We are surrounded by takeaways and fast food shops. We recognise the need for food banks in society but we wanted to support people a step before they needed to turn to foodbanks, which is why we now have the food cooperative.” Stephen - project member

Tang Hall Community Centre were awarded £37,000 for their Tang Hall Food Co-operative which is funded through the Trust’s Active Communities programme with money raised through Health Lottery Yorkshire and the Humber.

This case study was produced as part of People's Health Trust's 2020 Annual Review and demonstrates the importance of local economies as a social determinant of health. To read it in full, click here.

 

 

 

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