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Maggy’s Affordable Food aims to save customers money and reduce food wastage.

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A new store opened its doors on Monday, and with a keen interest from the public. Maggy’s Affordable Food aims to address one of the UK’s big food problems.

The concept is to save food from being wasted.

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The store’s co-owner, Sangita, explains the process:

“What we do is we get short-dated or out of date – but its before date – food at really low cost and so we pass on the savings to our customers.

“Crawley has a population of 150,000 and a 23% child poverty rate, so really we just want to be able to save, on average, about £70 a month per family on food. That’s between £700 to £800 a year.”

The name of the store – located off Kelvin Way, Crawley – was created by merging two of the owner’s names together: The ‘Ma’ from Maggie, and the ‘ggy’ comes from Sangita’s nickname, Ziggy.

Sangita, co-owner of Maggy’s Affordable Foods off Kelvin Way in Manor Royal.

Although Maggy’s operates as a commercial entity, Sangita says this is on a ‘very minimal level’.

“Our attempt is to reinvest most of the bottom line back into the business so it won’t really be a bottom line.”

“We also do ‘Feed Crawley’. So what we also want to try and do is support that with some of the profits that we make – which is again, for the community.”

Most of the products in the store cost around 50p, however some may be marked differently.

The most expensive item currently available in the store costs just £3, that’s for a box of Thornton’s chocolates. However 90% of the items cost 50p.

Maggy’s is completely open to anybody and began because the team wanted to do their bit to change the 18 billion tonnes of food thrown away in the UK every year.

Sangita offers some advice to those who might not be sure how long they can keep an item after its best before date:

“Providing it’s stored in the right conditions – as it says in the instructions – best before dates can last for quite a while. I would say six months, a year, even three – it doesn’t matter.

“Dry products should be kept in a dry place, use common sense as well.”

The store also has a handy help sheet, helping customers understand the difference between ‘Use-by dates’ and ‘Best before dates’.

It’s not just food you’ll find inside Maggy’s, there’s also a wedding section. The idea behind this is in keeping with the whole store’s theme:

“It’s just a small, quirky thing. I’d like to make that section bigger. Weddings are so ridiculously expensive. And again, we’re trying to make things more affordable” says Sangita.

Maggy’s only opened its doors on Monday, but it’s proved so popular that the team have their eyes set on expanding the premises already.

Maggy’s Affordable Food is located at: Unit 10, Stanley Business Centre, Kelvin Way RH10 9SE

Opening hours

Monday and Tuesday: 8am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-2pm
Thursday to Saturday: 8am-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-6pm

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Live or work in Ifield? Make sure you attend ‘Talk Ifield” Community Forum

Over one year after its successful re-launch in autumn 2017, the ‘Talk Ifield’ local community forum will be holding its next open public meeting from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Monday 4th March 2019 at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD.

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‘Talk Ifield’ was first established in 2013 as a neighbourhood forum, run by local people, for local people.

It offers an opportunity for people who live and work in Ifield to meet and share ideas for improving and developing the local community for the benefit of everyone.

Anyone who lives in, who works in, or who has an interest in Ifield is welcome to attend the open forum meetings.

This year they are delighted to announce their guest speaker on 4th March will be Crawley Borough Councillor Martin Stone, who will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion on the subject of ‘Crawley Museum, and a short history of Crawley and Ifield’.

Crawley has a rich and varied history dating back several centuries, and the new Museum has now become a focal point for anyone who is interested in the heritage of our town and its changing character over the years.

Martin has had a leading role in helping to establish the Museum and has himself also undertaken extensive research into the history of Ifield in particular.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“Very many people attended our last open forum meeting in September, and we enjoyed a most interesting presentation on maintaining our neighbourhood environment from the Borough Council officer responsible for leading that work.

We are now looking forward to our next forum meeting on 4th March, at which Cllr Martin Stone will be bringing us up to date on the new Crawley Museum, and sharing with us his own extensive knowledge and research into the history of Ifield in particular.

This will be a fascinating evening’s discussion, and we urge as many people as can do so, to come along and share the experience as Martin takes us on a unique journey through local history.”

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