Community pantries provide groceries at a lower cost than supermarkets or shops, offering a range of fresh, frozen, and general foods which will change on a weekly basis. Community pantries offer access by membership. For a small weekly contribution, members receive food to a significantly higher value. Several pantries already established in Hampshire organise activities and provide wraparound support services and social interaction for those who are isolated. It is our intention that pantries on the island will also offer these services down the line.
What is on offer
Community pantries are a sustainable method of providing food, at a reduced cost, to families in need. Pantries will work on the basis of providing a ‘helping hand’. For a contribution of around £5 per visit, ‘members’ will receive in excess of £15 worth of fresh, frozen and general food. Members can visit the pantry a maximum of once per week.
Who is eligible
Any Island resident can access the community pantry network but will need to sign up to become a member. The membership process is managed direct by the pantry.
The Isle of Wight Council have established 3 community pantries, please contact your closest site to become a member, or offer your services as a volunteer.
|East Cowes||PO32 6HN||Community Spirited, Parkside Pavilion, Vectis Road||Tuesday 12.30pm to 2.30pm|
Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm
|Ryde||PO33 1NE||Oakfield CE Primary School, Appley Road||Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 3pm to 4.30pm||01983 563732|
|Ventnor||PO38 1EJ||Ventnor Community Pantry at Baby Box, Victoria Street||Tuesday and Thursday: 4pm to 6pm|
Saturday: Midday to 2pm
Search for Ventnor Community Pantry at Baby Box