22 April 2024

More ways to donate to Your Salisbury Pantry

Salisbury Pantry is making it easier than ever to donate food to the shop.

Salisbury Pantry is your local social supermarket. Run by the Salisbury City Council Communities Team for people in the Salisbury area who need access to low-cost food.

With two part-time Managers and a fantastic team of volunteers, this social supermarket was created as a sustainable way to take action on food poverty.

This local good cause has had amazing support from local businesses, including Tesco Extra, Waitrose, Nicholas and Harris and Tesco Express, and local groups and organisations like Radio Odstock, Harnham Harvest Table and The F3 growing project, which grows food for the pantry shop.

This month, Salisbury Pantry is delighted to announce a host of donation points across our wonderful and welcoming city.

Liz Edwards, one of the Pantry Managers, said this week, “It has been a pleasure going out and meeting people from all these businesses; people are so willing to help.”

Where can you donate?

  • Salisbury Pantry, 59 Catherine Street, SP1 2DH – Mondays 10 – 2, Tuesdays 3 – 4pm, Wednesday 10 – 12.30
  • Bemerton Heath Centre, Pinewood Way, Bemerton Heath, SP2 9HU– Monday to Friday, 9 – 5,
  • Castle Road Co-op 74 Castle Rd, Salisbury SP1 3RR
  • Wilton One-Stop – North St, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0HA
  • Rowlands Pharmacy – Toiletries and Sanitary Products only – Donations Taken Over the Counter – Pembroke Rd, Salisbury SP2 9DJ
  • Charlie’s Store – 18 Catherine St, Salisbury SP1 2DA
  • Shopmobility – 3B Priory Square, Salisbury SP2 7TL
  • Salisbury Manor Care Home Reception, Shapland Close, Salisbury, SP2 7EJ

There are also new donation points at Bishop Wordsworth School, organised by their Sixth Form for parents, staff and students and at Salisbury Mosque for members of the Mosque’s community to support the Pantry’s work.

Most recently, Cookshop in Salisbury became our newest food donor!

Angela Brenchly, also a Salisbury Pantry Manager, commented, “Having the local business community come together to support the Salisbury Pantry is amazing. We have applications for new memberships every week during this cost-of-living crisis. Without this support we cannot run our service!”

One of the Leaders of the Council, Cllr Victoria Charleston, said, “The Salisbury Pantry is a fantastic example of the generous spirit of Salisbury: our City Council staff, our volunteers, and our partners working together to support families in our community.”

Your Local Pantry released its new impact report just this month, taking in research from all over the country. The average Pantry member saves £21 a week on their food bill, which is more than £1000 per year if they are weekly shoppers.

Not only this but feedback shows that “Most Pantry members report improved household finances, better physical and mental health, new friendships and a strengthened community”. Salisbury Pantry has 350 active member households, with 951 family members, and provides around 420 shops per month.

If you are a shop, organisation or workplace that would like to be part of the amazing Salisbury Network by collecting or hosting a donation point, get in touch at salisburypantry@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk or drop into your nearest one with a tin, box or packet of food.

Written by
Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns