The idea of the Social Supermarket is that there is dignity in choice and people can have a sense of normality in what they do and not feel isolated or stigmatised by their circumstances.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need or requiring ongoing assistance with food support, our Social Supermarket can help. We understand the challenges of juggling bill payments, housing costs and being able to put food on the table for you and your whānau.
In a shift from the traditional food parcel model the Methodist Social Supermarket (Koha Kai Whare) is located at 663 Main Street Palmerston North and puts shopper experience and choice at its heart.
Instead of collecting a pre-selected food parcel, you will be able to choose your own grocery items from a wide selection of food and essentials in a warm and friendly supermarket environment.
The Social Supermarket is open to anyone across the Palmerston North region in need of some extra help. This includes those currently being supported by, or new to Palmerston North Methodist Social Services, and those being supported or referred by other social service agencies.
The Social Supermarket has a Koha required to meet the ongoing costs of meeting community needs, this Koha goes directly to the purchases of more food it is not used for infrastructure or staffing costs.
We have Registered Professional support staff that are here to help with Advocacy Budgeting and counselling if so required.
Come and see us, have a coffee and something to eat in our Whanau space before one of our friendly team host you through your shopping experience, with social workers available to assist as and when required.