Instead of giving out food parcels, Wellington City Mission welcomed its first customers to pick their own items at its social supermarket recently. This move marks a change in how the charitable trust gives food to people who need support by providing them with choice, rather than a set parcel of food. The social supermarket -- the first of its kind in New Zealand -- is just like any other supermarket, with fruits and vegetables, sanitary products, pasta, cheese, baked beans, etc. lining the aisles. Items are free, and anyone in need across the Wellington area could go to the supermarket. “The social supermarket is giving people the opportunity to choose, and there’s dignity in choice. The experience of shopping is going to be really powerful,” said Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge.

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