Every Week A Bargain
The Southport Food Pantry is a members only food club which was opened on Friday 24th November 2017. The new venture was formed under the Southport and Formby Churches Debt Centre Limited, charity number 1172949 located at the Grace Centre 40 Market Street, Southport. The food club is aimed at people within the Sefton area who are ‘just managing’ financially. The pantry runs a food club membership and provides food and non food items to members referred to the club by organisations and agencies such as foodbanks, The Salvation Army, Welfare services and Christians Against Poverty (CAP).
Food club members clients pay weekly membership fee of £5 which then entitles them to a weekly food and non food shopping worth around £20. Members can choose good value food from a range including chilled goods, fresh and tinned. Other items on offer include quality duvets, children’s books and toys. We also have weekly additional free items for members to choose from.
The food we provide for members is sourced from various suppliers, mainly from the surplus from the supermarkets through the food cloud called Fareshare, UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. The pantry also sources food and other vital items from local businesses.
The pantry provides a friendly and community atmosphere for the members and encourages interaction as members find it easy to chat to each other and to some volunteers who offer help and support. We hope to offer more in terms of networking and support by introducing additional activities such as cooking and budgeting sessions, money advise, welfare, health and well-being through our partner agencies.
The Pantry is supported by churches from Southport and Formby.