Community pantries provide groceries at a lower cost than supermarkets or shops, offering a range of fresh, frozen, and general foods which will change on a weekly basis. Community pantries offer access by membership. For a small weekly contribution, members receive food to a significantly higher value. Several pantries already established in Hampshire organise activities and provide wraparound support services and social interaction for those who are isolated. It is our intention that pantries on the island will also offer these services down the line.
What is on offer
Community pantries are a sustainable method of providing food, at a reduced cost, to families in need. Pantries will work on the basis of providing a ‘helping hand’. For a contribution of around £5 per visit, ‘members’ will receive in excess of £15 worth of fresh, frozen and general food. Members can visit the pantry a maximum of once per week.
Who is eligible
Anyone is able to access their local community pantry, but will need to sign up to become a member. The membership process is managed direct by the pantry.
We have established 3 community pantries to date, please contact your closest site to become a member, or offer your services as a volunteer.
|East Cowes||PO32 6HN||A community pantry at Community Spirited opens on 26 April. The pantry will initially open on a smaller scale initially but is open every week on Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
|Ryde||PO33 1NE||A community pantry is currently being established at Oakfield CE Primary School. It opens on 9 June.||01983 563732
|Ventnor||PO38 1EJ||Baby Box in Ventnor are setting up a community pantry which opens on 31 May.
Would you like to run a community pantry?
If you are an organisation interested in opening a community pantry on the Isle of Wight, please contact Laura Hales, connect4communities Project Manager.
Phone: 01983 821000
Application form and other documents
Application form to run a Community Pantry (Format: Microsoft Forms)