People’s Pantry set to help residents in need

The official opening of The People's Pantry.
The official opening of The People's Pantry.

A new service for people of Market Weighton and Pocklington who are struggling to look after themselves and their families in today’s harsh economic climate has been officially opened.

The People’s Pantry was opened by the president of Pocklington District Lions Club Tony Marron, ably supported by the Town Mayor of Pocklington, Councillor David Sykes, and the Town Mayor of Market Weighton, Councillor Nigel Botting.

The People’s Pantry is open to everyone who needs help to support themselves or their families.

In exchange for a small membership fee people are given points which they can then spend on anything available that week in the pantry, saving them money on food and other essentials.

It is a not for profit enterprise run by volunteers and is a member of FareShare, a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, with the membership being sponsored by The Pocklington District Lions Club.

The produce for the pantry is provided by FareShare with the majority of it being donated by local people at the Tesco supermarket in Market Weighton, topped up by other donated produce distributed by FareShare.

The People’s Pantry is open in Market Weighton on Tuesday morning from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Friday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm in the church at All Saints Church, Market Weighton, and in Pocklington Wednesday evening 4pm to 6pm at Market Street Cafe.

Debs England, lead volunteer, said: “We are delighted to be offered space in the church by Rev Dr Sue Pulko and the use of the cafe in Pocklington by Sam Storey.

“We have two main aims: to be able to help the people of the area who need help to feed themselves or their family and to help minimise food waste.

“We invite people to come in and use it we are here to help.

“We are also looking for volunteers so please get in touch with Pocklington District Lions Club if you can help.”

Lions president Tony Marron said: “We congratulate Debs England and Karen Berry, Tesco’s Community Champion, for all their hard work in getting this much-needed service up and running and hope that anybody who needs this type of help comes along and uses it, we are delighted to be helping.”

If you would like to volunteer to help the new service please call Pocklington District Lions Club on 08458 338539.