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Salcare launch Community Pantry in Heanor

1st September 2022 by salcare in Uncategorised

People in Heanor will be able to save on their weekly shopping bills, thanks to a new project that opens this week.

With the help of the Feeding Derbyshire Partnership, local charity Salcare has grown its food project into a community pantry, to be run and used by local people and will be officially launched at an event on 1st September from their community centre on Ray Street, Heanor.

The Community Pantry will improve household food security and free up more money for other essential household costs such as rent and utilities offering a nutritious weekly food shop for families and individuals that may be struggling to cover all the bills during the cost-of-living crisis.

A balanced weekly shop will be provided at a hugely discounted price to people that need it. They will be able to join the Community Pantry for a small (affordable) fee and access groceries based on paying ‘what they can afford.’ So far, 50 members have signed up so far, and the charity’s director, Jacqui Bell, expects that to rise over the coming months.

Jacqui Bell, Director of Services at Salcare said “we already provide free food parcels for families that are referred to us through our foodbank, but there is a larger community of people and families ‘just about coping’, that with rising fuel and food prices, are really struggling. We want to be able to help those working families and other vulnerable individuals by providing good quality food at a very affordable price, so they become self-reliant and avoid going hungry or cold. This is part of our re-focus on addressing some of the emerging issues we are seeing in the community around food and fuel poverty and isolation.”

Opening in August, the pantry will be open every weekday from 930-2.30 pm, people wanting to join the scheme can contact Salcare, either in person on Ray Street or by contacting them on 01773 764562 or shop@salcare.org.uk