St Matthew’sood Pantry celebrates its first anniversary in St Helens !
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TheOOD Pantry that outnumbered the population it intended to support celebrated its first birthday in St Helens.
Opened in St Matthew’s Centre, on St Matthew’s Grove in Thato Heath, the pantry works with local food suppliers to reduce waste and distribute food to its members within the community.
By paying a small subscription of a few pounds a week, members with a cash and cost-of-living crunch can choose from a wide range of fresh food products at a much lower price than in a supermarket.
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Designed as a community center to support residents and families in St Helens, the St Matthew’sood Pantry organizers envisioned serving around 60 residents per week and gathering membership from a few hundred people.
After 12 months, the store now houses more than 400 people and regularly serves more than 120 families each week.
Such is their success, they now hold two grocery shopping sessions for members, one on a Monday evening as well as the original Wednesday morning.
Sam Lawrence O’Keefe said: “The Pantry’s success is due to the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers involved.
“They work every day collecting proceeds from our various charitable partners and managing inventory, as well as serving members at pantry sessions.
“But none of this would be possible without the support of our many suppliers, for whom we are very grateful.”
As the community has been experiencing a cost-of-living crisis and cold weather in recent months, Sam said pantry members often use the pantry as a warm hub for socializing over hot drinks and food.