Ok, so I was thinking this morning and I wondered if you good people could rip my idea to shreds because you are more wise than I.
Supermarkets get crazy profits, so I wondered if it were possible to create a charitable supermarket. They cost fortunes to build so that's the big stumbling block, but once built, it could be run to break even for the benefit of the poor.
The supermarket might be looked down on, but if you weren't poor but wanted to do your bit for the charity then you'd also shop there as next to the value-at-cost foods, you'd then have your named brands at higher prices. It would need to have a positive brand image.
Foodbank vouchers would be valid there, and a reward scheme would be created purely for those in need. Perhaps those better off would get a statement to say how much they had raised by shopping there.
Might even be a way to use the high street buildings that will remain empty like Debenhams. Could possibly have smaller charity units inside selling their donated goods if they had the space.
There could be an element of education in store, such as how to eat healthily on a very low budget. Recipe ideas. Perhaps tie-ins with energy companies with tailored tariffs or something similar.
Forgive me if I have a complete misunderstanding of what food poverty is. I thankfully haven't been in that situation, but I like the idea of a supermarket that isn't run for profit, that benefits the poor. That's the main thrust of the idea.
This is a new one, for me anyway. I received an email from a person I know on a Yahoo email account saying they needed help urgently with something. I replied and they wanted me to buy some amazon gift cards. The email that time came from the same prefix but a gmail account. Obviously then suspicious I replied back and they ignored my validation check and wanted me to go out any buy 4 x £100 amazon gift cards in store, photograph the pins and send them on.
Obviously I've not done this but it's worrying they were able to get me even to engage with them, mainly because the initial email was vague.
I know my Dad will have been contacted in the same way and it's worrying that it's yet another thing I have to warn him about.
I've contacted the real person behind the original email and it's in hand to get the issue sorted and the police are even involved.
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If you're needing to lose a few pounds then the new season of MAN v FAT Football Ipswich might be just what you're looking for.
MAN v FAT Football is quite unique. Every week you get weighed, then play a 30-minute friendly but competitive six-a-side match against players of varying sizes and abilities.
Then the scores are updated with your team's success on the scales. Goals are awarded for a weekly loss, consistent weight loss over three weeks, and hat-tricks awarded for five per cent and 10 per cent losses.
The Ipswich league is hosted at Portman Road on the practice pitch, and the coach is Tom Irving who is the performance nutritionist at ITFC.
TWTD's Gavin Wilding has been playing in his local league since August 2018 and has had considerable success: "I can't recommend MvF highly enough. I'm in my late 40s and hadn't kicked a ball since I was 16.
"I had no skill at all (and I mean none), did no exercise and I was 248lbs (112kg). I saw a feature on BBC's <i>The One Show</i> and thought I'd give it a try. To say I was nervous on registration night is an understatement.
"Fast forward to now, I've just started my third season after losing 46lbs (21kg) and I'm now 202lbs (92kg). I'm now captain of the team, have won two league titles, am holder of our last season’s trophy and my fellow team-mates recently awarded me man of the match for my Linighan-esque performance in a 5-0 win.
"I've recently been to the GP for a general check-up and, while thankfully I don't have a specific problem, all my blood tests have come back normal with improvements made across the board due to my weight loss."
He added: "The new friends I've made I hope are there for life. Our WhatsApp group is very busy and we run an additional weekly 60-minute five-a-side game, and the lads are often grouping up for park runs and bike rides. Our end of season night out was great and can't wait for the next one. We'll also be applying to play at the MCFC's Etihad Training Academy for MvF's national event in July.
"I'm not local to Ipswich, but Town fans have got it good. How I'd love to play behind the Co-op Stand and pick Tom Irving's brain about what happens at the club. I'm sure I could learn a few things too about my own diet from him.
"It costs £25 a month, but that does compare well to other schemes like Slimming World considering the cost of pitch hire and equipment. If you need to lose some weight, then I fully recommend giving it a try."