Locally-run pantries and food clubs are membership schemes open to all different kinds of people who are struggling to get by, including people in work on low incomes.
In 2013-14, FareShare Greater Manchester was approached by Stockport Homes who wanted to develop food pantry projects in areas of Stockport experiencing high levels of poverty. FareShare GM decided to pioneer a new approach to supplying community food projects, adapting working methods to ensure pantry members could have access to a wider variety of foods than available in traditional long-life food parcels. Importantly, members are offered a choice of foods on a weekly basis, alongside added value information, advice and support, and the chance to get involved. Pantries are becoming very popular across the region and nationally, and have many impacts, as explored in this interesting assessment from Church Action on Poverty.