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You can also quickly access any online services, such as applying to become a member, enquiring about volunteering and finding out about setting up a Pantry.

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See below answers to some of your frequently asked questions. If you have a question you would like answering, please email 

  • Is it a food bank

    No. Your Local Pantry is a membership scheme where for £3.50 each week members can visit the Pantry and select at least 10 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 supermarkets and then redistributes it to the Pantry and other community groups. The Pantry receives a wide range of interesting items each week from FareShare.

    To make sure the staples members need are always available the money collected from memberships is reinvested straight back into the Pantry buying additional stock and essential equipment.

  • Is stock good quality and in date

    The Pantry will never stock food past its sell by date as this could be harmful to health and is against the law. The Pantry 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.

    Every year in the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink, most of which could have been eaten. So think carefully before throwing away food past its best before date.

  • Can anyone become a member

    The Pantry does have some membership criteria to ensure the people who need it most benefit from our project; these are reflected in the questions asked on the application form. Certain Pantries are also only open to people living in certain areas; please contact us if you are unsure about which Pantry you can sign up to.

    To complete an online application form, please go to the become a member page.

  • How do I become a member

    You can become a member of one of our Pantries by completing an online form on the become a member page.

    If you need any help, please contact Anna Jones, Food Sharing Officer on 0161 474 4760 or email 

  • How do I volunteer

    To volunteer at one of the pantries, please go to the volunteering page and complete an enquiry form.

    If you need any help, please contact Anna Jones, Food Sharing Officer on 0161 474 4760 or email 


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Page last reviewed 06/12/2018