The pantry is :-

  • A club pooling our money to buy and share food.
  • A way to put to good use food which would otherwise be wasted.
  • A project run by the community for the community.
  • A local community store providing some of the food we need and reducing our grocery bills.

We hold sessions at the Glyncoch Community Centre every Tuesday afternoon to share out the food. Each member pays a fee of £3 and then selects what they want from the food that is available that week.

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The Community Centre does not make any profit from the scheme – all the money received will be used to pay the running costs. Members of similar schemes report receiving over £20 of food each week significantly reducing their food bills.

To apply to join the scheme phone 01443 540104 between 10am and 4pm Monday-Friday. Alternatively send a message to our facebook page asking to join. If there is room you will be able to start coming to the sessions straight away. If we are already at capacity you may be put on a waiting list for one or two weeks. We have a facebook group to help co-ordinate the project. Please do not come to the Tuesday session without first registering.

FAQs

Is it a food bank?

No. The Community Pantry is a membership scheme where for around £3 each week members can visit the Pantry and select items of their own choosing from a wide selection of goods.

Where does the food come from?

The national charity FareShare is one of our main suppliers. FareShare collects surplus stock from the warehouses used by supermarkets and then redistributes it to community groups. The Community Pantry receives a wide range of interesting items each week from FareShare.

Is the food good quality and in-date?

The Community Pantry will never stock food past its sell by date as this could be harmful to health and is against the law. We will, from time to time, stock items that are past their best before date. Best before dates are about quality, not safety. When the date is past, it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture.

Can anyone become a member?

Yes. Provided that you live in Glyncoch you can become a member.

Who is running the scheme?

The pantry is run by its members and meets its own running costs through the membership fees. Members get the opportunity to learn new skills while helping to run the scheme. We encourage all members to participate in whatever way they can. The start up costs of the project were met by Glyncoch Community Regeneration; they also help with advice and training.

Does the scheme operate during the coronavirus lockdown?

Yes. Because we are an essential service we are continuing while most other users of the Community Centre have stopped. For your safety you will not enter the centre but will make your selections from the threshold of the hall. To avoid long queues we will allocate you a timeslot. Members are asked to keep at least 2m apart at all times.