What is a Pantry?
Everybody should have access to good food. Everybody values community. Your Local Pantries provide both – and more. Across the UK, 90,000+ people are finding friendship, food, and freedom through Pantry membership. Pantries are all about dignity, choice, and hope. Each one operates as a member-led neighbourhood hub, often serving as a springboard to other community initiatives, opportunities, and ideas. As we all strive for a brighter future, Pantries are an immediate big step in the right direction, loosening poverty’s grip and creating the breathing space for communities to pursue ambitious go
A Pantry is:
Member-run: Pantries operate along cooperative lines, and many volunteers are members too.
Open to all: You don’t need a referral - anyone who lives in an area served by a Pantry can join.
Long-lasting: You can join for as long as you want and can choose to go every week or just occasionally.
Pantries stock an abundant and wide range of top-quality food including fresh fruit and veg, frozen and chilled food, meat and dairy products, and long-life tinned and packaged food.
Members pay a small subscription of a few pounds a week, and in return can choose groceries worth many times more, often saving up to £1,000 a year on shopping bills.
Pantries are just like a shop, in that you choose the food you want from the shelves.
Pantries are run by uniformed staff and volunteers who manage the stores with hand-held technology.
Each Pantry also has a cherished role as a neighbourhood hub, often serving as a springboard to other initiatives and ideas, such as cookery classes, volunteering opportunities, and training.