Your Salisbury Pantry, a social supermarket organised by Salisbury City Council’s Communities Team, is calling for more support from the local community.
The pantry has been operating since the 20th April 2021 as part of a Church Action on Poverty franchise called ‘My Local Pantry’.
Since opening, membership of the Pantry, which is a membership scheme for residents of Salisbury City who are on benefits or a low income, has grown to nearly 200 households.
Earlier this month, Cllr Caroline Corbin, Mayor of Salisbury and Cllr Tom Corbin, Deputy Mayor, became part of the small team of volunteers to better understand what it takes to run the pantry and meet some of the members.
Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Caroline Corbin said, “It’s more than a shop, it’s a place where connections are made on a personal level. This is important for helping to balance budgets but also for people’s mental health, which I am incredibly passionate about.”
Deputy Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Tom Corbin added, “I think this project will grow. We don’t want there to be a need for this provision but if people are benefitting from this space in many ways then it is essential we get behind it.”
Your Salisbury Pantry is part of a web of projects across the city working hard to eradicate food poverty and, like many of them, this project also uses redistributed foods that would otherwise go to waste through donations from Fareshare and a range of local supermarkets. Members pay just £5 for their shop each week and can take home between £20 and £30 of store cupboards and fresh foods.
Sarah Gregson, Communities Manager for Salisbury City Council, said, “We wish that this project wasn’t needed in Salisbury, but it is. We don’t want to celebrate our existence but we do want to ensure we can stay open for the people who needs us, for as long as they do. As our project grows, so do the costs and, while we have set the shop up without looking for any donations from private citizens, now is the time to ask, could you be our friend?”
Anyone can become a friend of ‘Your Salisbury Pantry’ by visiting the local pantry website and clicking on “Be a Friend of Your Local Pantry”. Simply select ‘Salisbury Pantry’ from the drop-down list. Your donation, one-off or regular, could help the charity to fill gaps in its stock of essential items, cover its volunteer’s expenses and keep the fridges and freezers running!
Be a Friend of Your Salisbury Pantry – https://www.yourlocalpantry.co.uk/friend/
Become a member of Your Salisbury Pantry – https://www.yourlocalpantry.co.uk/find-a-pantry/salisbury-pantry/
Find out More about Your Salisbury Pantry – https://www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk/responsibilities/salisbury-pantry
Pictured above: Cllr Tom Corbin lends a hand at The Salisbury Pantry [Photo by Ash Mills]