Introducing Newcastle Community Pantry

June 23, 2023 2:50 pm Published by

Newcastle West End Foodbank was set up over a decade ago to tackle the issue of food insecurity across the city region, and their most recent initiative is the Newcastle Community Pantry network.

The Pantry operates on a membership based, co-operative model with the aim of providing affordable food to local people within areas of multiple deprivation. The food sold in the Pantry is sourced from donations and FareShare and members of the Pantry receive around £20 worth of groceries for a membership fee of £5.

Newcastle Foodbank saw the benefit of a city-wide movement when it comes fostering a sustainable food culture, which motivated their involvement with Food Newcastle and our Good Food Plan. Part of our Good Food Plan focuses on access to food and diet-related ill health, and the pantry model seeks to support communities by creating space to purchase a range of nutritious food for a lower cost.

The Newcastle Community Pantry currently runs on a Tuesday in Blakelaw, but the Charity hopes to create more Pantries across the city region by the end of the year.

Watch our visit to the Pantry here.

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