Where is Southport Food Pantry ?
The Pantry is based at the Grace Centre on the corner of Market Street and Princes Street in Southport.
Who can become a member?
Eligibility is explained in our Membership Guidelines.
How do I pay for my membership?
£5 is payable at each weekly visit, by cash only. There are facilities to pay in advance for future visits, if this helps with your budgeting but there are no facilities to accept card payments.
What if I can’t pay my membership subscription?
Unfortunately Southport Pantry is only accessible on payment of the membership subscription.
Is Southport Food Pantry a Food Bank?
It is similar to a foodbank in that it is set up to help people who are struggling – but there are some differences. The Pantry has a club membership scheme where members can visit each week, receive help with budgeting and cooking on a budget and select a set number of items of their own choice from a wide selection. Members cannot belong to both the Southport Trussell Trust Food Bank and the Pantry.
What does Southport Food Pantry stock?
A lot of your kitchen cupboard favourites like cereal, tinned goods, pasta, biscuits and toiletries. From time to time there may also be chilled items, such as milk available. The pantry does not stock alcohol.
Is the stock good quality and in date?
The Pantry does not stock food that is past it’s ‘use by date’ as this could be harmful to health and it is against the law. However, we do stock items that are past their ‘best before’ date.
The British Food Standards Agency says, “‘Best before’ dates are about quality, not safety. Manufacturers put a best ‘before date’ on food packaging to indicate how long the food will be at its best quality. When the date is passed, it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it may begin to lose its taste, aroma or texture but still remains edible and safe”.
With regards to eggs, the advice is that providing they are cooked thoroughly (until both yolk and white are solid), or are used in dishes where they will be fully cooked such as a cake, they can be eaten a day or two after their ‘best before’ date.
Every year, in households across the UK, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink, most of which could be consumed. At the Pantry we encourage members to think carefully before throwing away food past its ‘best before’ date.
Where do the goods come from?
Items are purchased using Membership subscriptions from national distribution charities such as ‘Fareshare’. This is usually food which is in date and good to eat but has become surplus, for simple reasons such as over-production, labelling errors or short shelf-life.
There are regular collections of short, end of life and damaged produce from food retail outlets across Southport. These are delivered to the Pantry on a weekly basis.
Donated items are also collected regularly through community outlets and churches. Many items on offer at the Pantry are received through the generous food donations from members of the public.
During certain times of the year, some of the fresh food on offer may have also been received through local food growing projects.
What are membership subscriptions used for?
The money received from membership subscription is used to purchase stock, buy equipment and pay for running costs.
Can I make donations to the Southport Food Pantry?
We are happy to receive cash, cheques or donations of unwanted in-date groceries and locally grown food such as seasonal fruit and vegetables, which will be distributed to members along with other goods available.
How long is my membership for?
Membership is for a defined period of time, depending on your individual circumstances. Please refer to the Membership Guidelines for more information.
How can I contact Southport Food Pantry
There are a number of different ways to contact Southport Food Pantry and to keep up to date with the latest information. You can use the contact us on the form. Alternatively you can call Vicki on 07