For households struggling during lockdown ‘Your Local Pantry’ has provided vital support to ensure no one need go hungry. Your Local Pantry is delivered by Foundations Stockport, the charitable arm of Stockport Homes Group, working to alleviate poverty and provide positive opportunities to improve the lives of people in Stockport.
For just £3.50, pre-packed bags with a selection of food can be collected in person from two of the pantries at Brinnington and Bridgehall. For the most vulnerable households, a home delivery service operates six days a week. Not only has the service proved invaluable for existing pantry members, it also provides support for callers to Stockport Council’s Covid helpline who are unable to go out and do not have family or friends to shop for them. At its peak, the pantries were supplying 172 households a day with food bags. That number is now reducing as lockdown rules have relaxed slightly, but the service will continue for some time for those with serious health conditions.
Foundations Stockport are able to continue to support Your Local Pantry through the extraordinary circumstances of Covid-19 in part due to Three Sixty, a local construction and property management company. Three Sixty are a 'profit for purpose' business and donated the majority of last year's surplus profit.
In ‘normal’ circumstances, the pantries operate from five locations across the Borough, and are open to anyone in the local area in financial need. For just £3.50 per week, pantry members can select ten items from a range of fresh, frozen and store cupboard food. Anyone living near a pantry (Bridghall, Brinnington, Mottram Street, Lancashire Hill and Woodley) who is in financial difficulties can join by selecting their nearest pantry at this link https://your-local-pantry.force.com/s/member-sign-up
A customer of the Pantries said: “I would not have survived these weeks without Stockport Homes’ staff and the pantry service. They have been outstanding and it has literally been life saving.”
Roger Phillips, Chair of Foundations Stockport Board said: “The staff at ‘Your Local Pantry’ have been working hard to ensure that their members and local residents have had access to a vital resource throughout this uncertain time. I would like to thank all involved in keeping this important service running, in a time when it was most needed. I would also urge anyone who is self-isolating and is in need of food, to contact the pantry team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org