Your Local Pantry helps people all over the UK save money on their food bills.

Pantries go beyond the food bank model, creating a sustainable and long-term solution to food poverty. Members pay a small weekly fee, typically £3.50, for which they can choose at least ten items of food each week, along with additional opportunities of volunteering and training.

Members have reported improved financial positions, improved health and wellbeing and reduced isolation. The 2018 Social Impact Report also found that for every £1 invested that Pantries have generated a £6 return in social value. Read the report here.

The Your Local Pantry project, run jointly by Stockport Homes and Church Action on Poverty is now being rolled out nationwide, with communities invited to set up their own affiliated Pantries, to emulate the success in Stockport and unlock food poverty in their area.

Shabir Jivraj works for Thrive Together as the Project Officer for Your Local Pantry in the Midlands. Contact him and find out more about Your Local Pantry using the buttons below.

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"With the food bank, I feel like I’m lowering myself. I’d rather go without food. And it’s local, people I know are there. The Pantry feels different because you have paid and you are making a choice on the food you take home."

Pantry member