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Social enterprise launches crowdfunder to safeguard future

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Locavore is looking to raise £50,000 as it deals with financial losses. 

An award-winning Scottish social enterprise has launched a crowdfunder to attempt to offset losses as the cost of living crisis hits people across the country. 

Locavore, established in 2011 to help build a more sustainable local food system which is better for the economy, the environment and our communities, has unveiled plans to raise £50,000 to safeguard its future. 

The organisation has recently been forced to close one of its stores in Glasgow’s Garnethill, and has now said opening hours will be reduced at other sites across Scotland. 

The community interest company now has two stores in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh, and another in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire. 

Locavore said that one significant issue is a lack of a funding decision from Social Investment Scotland through the Recovery & Resilience Loan Fund, but following delays the organisations were told no funding would be forthcoming. 

They have now taken the decision to cut back and raise funds. 

In a statement posted online, they said: “Locavore is a social enterprise which exists to build a sustainable food system which is better for people and planet. 

“Over the last 11 years we’ve grown from a tiny Shawlands shop into an organisation that’s at the forefront of laying down the foundations for the type of food system we need in the future. 

“A food system that meets the needs of the climate and biodiversity emergencies while creating a fairer, more redistributive local economy.

“We currently have four shops across central Scotland, 4 organic market gardens and a central hub where we pack our veg boxes and deliver wholesale orders to other retailers around the country. 

“On top of that we have a kitchen supplying our cafes and shops, and run projects like our community plots at Bellahouston, and the Good Food Fund which gets good food to those in most need.

“Unfortunately this is all now under critical threat as we face the most difficult period in our 11 year history. We really need your help.”