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Hampshire County Council launches £800,000 fund to support and establish community food pantries





Hampshire County Council has launched a grant fund to help organisations open community pantries in areas of need, or to support an existing community pantry that helps provide families with food.

A total fund of £800,000 has been made available to provide the grants and the deadline for grant applications is Friday, February 23.

Councillor Edward Heron said: “Community pantries are a big help for those who may not meet the criteria for foodbanks yet still struggle with the cost of food.

An example of a community food pantry
An example of a community food pantry

“At pantries, members get to choose what they need while helping to reduce landfill waste.

“They also act as important local hubs where people can get help with the cost of living and access other useful services.

“We look forward to receiving applications to start more community pantries in Hampshire.”

There are currently 23 community pantries operating across the Hampshire network, including Tadley Community Food Pantry at Tadley Community Centre which is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Pantries all work on the same principle – for a small contribution each week, shoppers can select and take home food and household goods worth around £15.

To find out more and to apply for a grant, visit http://rb.gy/gjzrt3



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