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Member case studies

Please see below a case study from one of the Pantry members:

  • Miss Johnson

    Miss Johnson* came to the pantry after the business she worked for unexpectedly closed, giving her only only two days’ notice of her redundancy. Adding to this difficult situation her employee was unable to pay her last wages – leaving her completely stranded.

    Although she immediately applied for emergency benefits, this process would take six weeks before she received a payment and she had already begun to struggle to pay her bills and afford food for herself and her son.

    After visiting the Stockport Local Assistance Team she was referred to the pantry to become a member.

    Although initially nervous about visiting the pantry she was immediately made to feel welcome and at home and was amazed at the food that was available. She was so grateful to the pantry for helping her when she most needed it and delighted at the variety and choice she was given. Although Miss Johnson has now found full-time employment the pantry will continue to support her until she’s completely back on her feet.

    *Not her real name

We have also had a lot of positive feedback from Pantry members, see examples below:

The pantry is such a great idea! I can choose the items that I want and need from a wide range of goods. I also feel proud that I’m able to make a contribution for my shop by paying my weekly subscription. It’s like being part of a food club!
When I was made redundant I began to really struggle to make ends meet and food came second to paying my bills. The pantry has been a real help in a difficult time, giving me access to an affordable supply of good food. The volunteers that work there are so friendly and helpful making my weekly shop something I look forward to.
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Page last reviewed 10/11/2016