The Vale Pantry was set up in November 2020 by community organisers, recognising the need to provide local support to those vulnerable to food shortages and other economic necessities.
Since opening, community organiser Carole Jones, who runs the Pantry, says that they have been able to help 457 families or individuals, assisting 190 families back to full independence. They are currently working with 226 families or individuals, with a waiting list and a clear remit to expand to provide the community care which is needed.
In its first year, the Pantry spent over £105,000 on food and setting up and brought in £139,000 through grants, donations and membership fees. In October 2021, The Pantry became a registered charity, which allows Gift Aid to add a further 25 per cent to any tax-deductible donations.
There is ample evidence of the necessity of such a venture and of how valuable it is to those in need. One member of the Pantry explained, “It is hard to find the words to thank you and all at the Pantry for continuing to get me through a very hard and stressful time. I don’t think everyone realises the Pantry is not a ‘foodbank’ it is so much more. It is a community of caring people helping others who are down on their luck financially and mentally.”
If you would like to help the Pantry continue its work, you can sign a monthly standing order, no matter how small, bank details are on The Vale Pantry website www.valepantry.co.uk/donate
By Giulio Sica