We're an independent Co-operative society, and are proud to be owned by hundreds of thousands of Members from all across the East of England.
Together they all have a say in the way we are run, and receive a dividend each year to share in our success. We support the communities where we trade, and encourage our Members to get involved with us.
These are some of the projects that we've been working on recently:
Every Minute Counts
We are supporting the installation of 100 defibrillator units scross the region. The provision of 24 hour access to a defibrillator unit will give communities a potentially lifesaving service.
Reducing food waste
We are continuing our support of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign by taking part in 15 roadshows across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign provides practical tips on the food we buy and cuts down on the amount of good food thrown away.
In the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year and more than half of this could have been eaten. Wasting this food costs the average household £480 a year, rising to £680 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £50 a month.
We have provided a range of recipe cards to support the campaign, and we also run cooking demonstrations at local events throughout the year.
Supporting local Hospices
During the past year East of England Co-operative Members and customers have been fundraising for six local hospices across the region, chosen as their Charities of the Year for 2012. In total £51,950 was raised across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
Helping Food Banks
In June 2013 we ran a campaign across all our food stores in Suffolk to collect for local foodbanks. The campaign was supported by BBC Radio Suffolk and we managed to collect more than 2,500 items. Foodbanks provide up to three days emergency provisions for those in need.