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Local Community Pantry in North West Edinburgh

Please see the information below from Freshstart with details of their new Local Community Pantry based in the North West of Edinburgh and how to become a member.

We are delighted to announce the first phase of the development of our community Hub with the opening of Fresh Start’s Local Pantry on Monday 29th June. The Pantry will give local people the opportunity to do their weekly shop for a fraction of the prices they would pay in the supermarket when they become a member of our exciting new food club!

The Fresh Start Local Pantry is a unique operation and the first of its kind in Edinburgh. For a membership fee of £3.50 per week, shoppers can pick up to 10 items from the Pantry. These items range from cereals, pasta, sauces, crisps, juice and tinned goods – all the basics you need on a weekly basis. There will also be cleaning and toiletries available. Fresh items do not fall into the 10 items to be picked and these can be added as ‘free’ extras!

Abi Jackson, Hub Team Leader explains, “Fresh Start has been innovative in it’s response to COVID19 in mobilising a team to manage Emergency Pack distribution to households in North Edinburgh in partnership with other voluntary sector organisations in the area. With overwhelmingly generous support from funders we have been able to fast track our community pantry, opening in the hub building space as ‘Fresh Start Pantry’ and operating as a ‘pop up pantry’ from June until the main building is renovated. ‘Fresh Start Pantry’ is part of ‘Your Local Pantry’ franchise supported by Church Action on Poverty. The plan is to overlap the food pack distribution with pantry memberships and reach 150 local households to sign up and join us to provide ‘Food with dignity’, community connectedness, volunteering opportunities, access to advice, support and friendly faces in these challenging times.”

Where Can I Find The Pantry?

As part of our ongoing Hub developments, the Fresh Start Local Pantry will be located at 26-28 Ferry Road Drive, EH4 4BR, next door to our warehouse. We have been busying away to turn the premises around and transform it!

We will be open Mondays and Tuesdays from 29th June from 9am – 4pm.

As we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we respectfully request that when visiting the Pantry, the below guidelines are followed:

1. Observe social distancing in store and if queuing outside, markers are provided indoors and outdoors.
2. No more than 2 customers will be permitted in the Pantry at one time.
3. Wear a mask or gloves if possible and use the hand sanitizer provided.
4. Pay by card if possible.

How Can I Become a Member?

The Fresh Start Local Pantry is open for memberships to local people in North Edinburgh, living in the following areas – Pilton, Granton, Muirhouse, Drylaw, Telford, Salvesen. You can sign up online by clicking here and bring proof of your address with you on your first visit to the Pantry. Proof of address will be required before you can access your membership. If you are unable to sign up to become a member online, please call us on 0131 476 7741 and we will take your details over the phone.

There is no ongoing subscription fees or requirement to use the Pantry every week (although we’re sure you will once you see the savings and what is on offer!). You simply pay £3.50 when you visit and pick your items.

How Can I Help with The Pantry?

If you would like to volunteer with us in the Fresh Start Local Pantry, please email us on admin@freshstartweb.org.uk

Our Managing Director, Biddy Kelly, speaks of how the Fresh Start Pantry fits in with the ongoing work of Fresh Start and how it is helping us build our vision for the future. “The development of the community pantry – a membership model that allows people to get their weekly shopping for £3.50 a week saving them approx. £700 per year – allows people to access cheap nutritional food at low cost and build their social networks, brings them in to contact with people regularly. It allows them to be free of the constant isolation that financial poverty brings – which in turn allows them to start thinking, planning and looking up – where do I want to go – what can I do and allows people to focus their energy elsewhere without worrying about where their next meal will come from.”

Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be taking donations of food for the Pantry but will keep all updated as this changes.

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