In April 2018 in Clermont-Ferrand, the Auvergne Food Bank opened a community grocery store specially intended for vulnerable young people, such as students, providing all products at affordable price.
There is a variety of foodstuffs at the Auvergne Food Bank, just like in any supermarket: meat, fish, coffee, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, but also chocolate and biscuits. The Food Bank is active in the distribution of most products to this student community grocery store. Volunteers deal with the rest of products at other supermarket collection points.
“We launched a study in November 2016 to call for action on student poverty,” said Christian Tschann, president of the Auvergne Food Bank. “The results showed that at least 5% of students were facing financial difficulties. So we wanted to implement a solution that meets their needs.”
Students who want to be granted access to the grocery store, thus enjoying affordable prices, must complete a file available on the Clermont Auvergne University website (https://en.uca.fr/english-version/) and must meet certain conditions: be a student or apprentice, live in Clermont-Ferrand or its surroundings, pay rent, etc.
From August 20th 2019, students will be able to register online directly through the website of the grocery: esope63.fr.