Community pantries - Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Council is establishing a network of community pantries across the island, providing access to discounted food

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 which anyone can apply. For a 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.

Alongside our three current pantries, we are aiming to provide additional pantries to expand our support to other areas on the island. We are currently working with organisations in Newport, West Wight, Sandown, Shanklin and Cowes areas.

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

Any Island resident can access the community pantry network but will need to sign up to become a member. The membership process is managed direct by the pantry.

We have three established community pantries to date, please contact your closest site to become a member, or offer your services as a volunteer.




Opening hours 


East Cowes PO32 6HN Community Spirited, Parkside Pavilion, Vectis Road Tuesday 1.30pm to 3.30pm, 
Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm
01983 296592
Ryde PO33 1NE Oakfield CE Primary School, Appley Road Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 3pm to 4.30pm 01983 563732
Ventnor PO38 1EJ Ventnor Community Pantry at Baby Box, Victoria Street Tuesday and Thursday: 4pm to 6pm
Saturday: Midday to 2pm
07961 959003

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