Stories from Lockdown: Lighthouse Pantry

The Lighthouse Pantry is a membership-based food club in Middleton, Rochdale, that helps people to reduce their weekly food costs and keep more money in their household. The Pantry has been running since March 2019 but has seen a significant increase in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like us, one of the biggest challenges the Lighthouse Pantry faced during lockdown was finding new volunteers, as most of their existing team had to go into self-isolation. Thankfully, a number of regular visitors and pantry members stepped up to fill the void, such as Angela and Alwayne – pictured above with Pantry Manager Carl Roach.

The Lighthouse Pantry’s second big challenge was securing enough good to serve the many new families needing help, which is where we come in. During the first national lockdown period earlier this year, the Lighthouse Pantry distributed around 9 tonnes of FareShare food to families in need.

With the support of FareShare GM, we were able to secure an additional delivery of food to the Pantry, which then meant we could open for an additional day and also increase the number of members that we could support. Because of this our project has grown – between April and August we used over 9 tonnes of food, recorded 1,140 attendances during 63 Pantry sessions, and we have supported 115 different families with their weekly food shopping needs.

“It is clear to see, in these challenging times, the significance of the FareShare food supplies and the positive impact that the Pantry model has had in helping families to reduce their weekly food costs, keeping them afloat in these times when monies are tight.

 

Carl Roach, Pantry Project Manager at Lighthouse Pantry

You can find out more about the Lighthouse Pantry here.

Over 600,000 people in Greater Manchester live in households that are struggling to get by.

That includesΒ 180,000 children and young people.