your local pantry

Giving people access to good food

Church Action on Poverty runs a social franchise called Your Local Pantry which helps people to set up community cooperative food stores, run by volunteers for the benefit of their members in low-income communities.

An article in The Guardian in March 2017 described the idea positively, as an alternative to the food bank model.

A Pantry is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by:

  • reducing food shopping bills (members can save over £500 each year);
  • providing advice and support;
  • developing skills.

We manage the social franchise in partnership with Stockport Homes, who first developed the Pantry model.

Click the links below to learn more about Pantries, and find out how you could set up your own Local Pantry.

Church Action On Poverty, Unit 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ

Telephone 0161 872 9294 or email

Registered charity number 1079986. Company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, number 3780243.

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