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Christian charity Church Action on Poverty has encouraged local communities and churches to start food pantries as a long-term solution to tackling food poverty in their area.

The charity, along with homeless service Stockport Home, started the Your Local Pantry project four years ago in Stockport.

New research has found that the pantries increase people’s health and wellbeing, build community, and reduce social isolation.

Members of the pantry pay a small weekly fee, typically £2.50, for which they can choose at least ten items of food each week, along with additional opportunities of volunteering and training.

Laura Jones, pantries programme officer at Church Action on Poverty, told Premier it’s a step on from a food bank model.

“It just goes beyond giving people shopping baskets and cupboards,” she said.

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source: Premier News
published: 18 July 2018

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