December 2017: Church Action on Poverty launches social franchise to help people across the UK access affordable food

Organisations across the UK can now get tools and support to set up a 'Local Pantry' community food store. The charity Church Action on Poverty and its partners launched Pantries as a 'social franchise' on Thursday 7 December.

The launch was attended by over 50 housing professionals, voluntary and community sector organisations and academic researchers, and hosted by Kellogg’s, who actively support Pantries, and FareShare, a national food redistribution charity.

The Pantry social franchise has been developed by Church Action on Poverty in partnership with Stockport Homes and FareShare Greater Manchester, with support from The Bread and Butter Thing and The Shaftesbury Partnership. It will provide organisations and groups across the UK with all they need to set up a Pantry in their local community. Pantries help struggling families make their money go further by:

  • reducing food shopping bills (members can save over £500 each year);
  • providing advice and support;
  • developing skills through volunteering and other opportunities within the project.

Anna Jones, Food Sharing Officer at Stockport Homes, said, “Our Pantries have been supporting Stockport communities since 2013, saving thousands for members and helping to reduce social isolation and financial insecurity. We are thrilled that by launching this franchise we are able to share our learning to benefit even more communities across the whole country.”

Dave Nicholson, Business Development Officer at Church Action on Poverty, said, “This social franchise offer applies the principles of commercial franchising to scaling the social impact of Pantries - helping people on low incomes across the country to help themselves out of food poverty."


Notes for editors

About Your Local Pantry

Your Local Pantry is a volunteer-led community initiative originally created by Stockport Homes. For just £2.50 per week, members from the local community can do a shop and choose at least 10 grocery items, including free vegetables. Pantries are run for the community, by the community, aimed at helping to stretch budgets further and bring people together.

For more information about Your Local Pantry, please visit

About Church Action on Poverty

A charity committed to tackling poverty in the UK by working with churches, partners and people in poverty themselves to find solutions locally, nationally and globally.

For more information about Church Action on Poverty, please visit

About FareShare Greater Manchester

A food redistribution charity run by Emerge 3Rs supporting communities to combat food poverty and food waste in and around Manchester. FareShare Greater Manchester were involved in the set-up of the Your Local Pantry model.

For more information about FareShare Greater Manchester, please visit

The Bread and Butter Thing

A charity focused on making life more affordable for people in low-income households.

For more information about The Bread and Butter Thing, please visit

The Shaftesbury Partnership

An organisation providing consultancy support on social franchising and replication to help other social ventures to grow.

For more information about the Shaftesbury Partnership, please visit

For photos from the launch and further information about this press release please contact:

Liam Purcell

Communications and Supporter Relations Manager

Church Action on Poverty

Tel: 0161 872 9294


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