SHOPPERS in Wharfedale and Aireborough could soon be able to pick up a copy of The Big Issue at their local Sainsbury’s supermarket.

The supermarket chain has started stocking the publication, which helps homeless people generate vital income, online and in hundreds of stores across the UK.

The move follows a decision by The Big Issue to assk its network of vendors to stop selling the magazine during the COVID-19 outbreak to support the national social distancing strategy.

Customers will be able to purchase copies of The Big Issue in a total of 315 Sainsbury’s stores over the coming weeks - and also at 1,400 McColl’s stores.

The magazine will cost its usual price of £3 both in store and online, with 50 per cent of the profits going to a vendor support fund. A total of 315 Sainsbury’s supermarkets - being rolled out from a starting base of 164 - will be stocking it within the next few weeks.