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

Where does 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 be 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 if you are unsure about which Pantry you can sign up to. 

To complete an online application form, please go to the Pantry page you are interested in joining and click 'Become a Member'. 

How do I become a member?

You can become a member of one of our Pantries by going to the Pantry's page that you would like to join and clicking 'Become a member'. 

How do I volunteer?

To volunteer at one of the Pantries, please go to the page of the Pantry you would like to volunteer at and click 'Become a volunteer'. 

How are Pantries different from other food projects, like food banks?

Your Local Pantry is a membership scheme where for around £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. 

A Pantry is a sustainable way for people to access good food every week, rather than a crisis response like a food bank.