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Whitby’s Pantry

Your Local Community Food Club

“It’s more than just a full tummy, it’s a massive link in the community.”

£4 is all it costs when you pop into Your Local Whitby’s Pantry for a weekly shop.

Join as a member for just £4 a week and access a weekly shop for all your essential food, grocery and toiletry items, worth approximately £25, and check each week for new stock!  Fruit and vegetables are always FREE.

To find out how to become a member call us on 01772 760 760 or pop in and see us.

Opening Times:

Tuesday and Wednesdays: 9am – 3.30pm

Background

Intact converted its food project into a community pantry, to be run and used by local people. Whitby’s Pantry was officially launched at an event on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

The project is the latest in the growing Your Local Pantry’ network.

Pantries are membership-based food clubs that enable people to access food at a small fraction of its usual supermarket price. The Intact Centre’s weekly fee is £4 for which members will be able to access approximately £25.00 worth of food, improving household food security and freeing up more money for other essential household costs such as rent and utilities. So far, over 200 members have signed up.

Since the introduction of a Lancashire wide ‘food partnership project’ provided by Lancashire County Council and Recycling lives. Intact had been operating a ‘Community Supermarket’, a local food club, where FareShare food is bagged up by staff and volunteers and offered to local people.

COVID-19 has seen an increase in demand and we have now moved from running the Pantry two half days a week to two full days. We now have over 80 regular members, with demand increasing.

Pantries are sustainable, long-term, community-led solutions that can loosen the grip of food poverty in a particular neighbourhood. They can be part of a progressive journey to help people move beyond food bank use, or can help reduce a family’s need for a food bank.

Intact has provided a valuable service for the past two years, but the pantry approach gives members more choice over the food they get, and more control, strengthening the community’s ability to prevent food poverty or to progress out of food crisis.