Your Salisbury Pantry – A Social Supermarket
This friendly shop, at 59 Catherine Street, Salisbury, is a membership scheme for people on low incomes who struggle to balance the demands on their household income.
The shop is run by Salisbury City Council’s Communities Team and is part of a franchise run by Church Action on Poverty called ‘Your Local Pantry’. This shop grew from a food support project launched during the Pandemic in 2020, originally running out of the City Council Community Centres with the support of Anybody Can Cook.
The Communities Team have created this social supermarket to ensure we can continue to take action on food poverty in Salisbury.
Social Supermarkets – not just about food!
We are a place to shop and choose your food at a low cost, and we can do this because we stock donated and redistributed food, but we are also a place where people can ask for advice and be signposted to other sources of support.
Our aim is for Your Salisbury Pantry to be a space where members can build connections, confidence and sense of belonging in the community. Members can also volunteer alongside us to help us achieve these aims, together.
Membership & Shopping
TEMPORARY PAUSE ON NEW MEMBERS
At the Pantry we know how important it is to be able to provide a consistent service to our members. We have over 250 members and to make sure we can provide them with a shop when they need it we are going to have to put a pause on accepting new members.
We served 90 members this Tuesday and by early afternoon our shelves were nearly empty. We would much rather be open to anyone who would benefit so we are working on finding some new sources of food donation in the hope of reopening to new members as soon as next month.
If you are without access to enough food, don't go hungry, get in contact and we may be able to refer you to other sources of food support in the city.
Membership is open to any residents from the Salisbury City Parish who are in receipt of benefits, on a low wage or struggling to buy food or pay bills.
Members can shop once a week for £5.
Each shop has an average value of £20 - £25 each week.
What we have varies from week to week depending on the food donations we receive.
In general we stock
• tinned and jarred goods, rice, pasta
• fresh fruit and vegetables,
• some fridge & freezer products
• A small range of toiletries and baby items.
To apply to become a member, simply click on the link below and follow the information provided
Tuesdays – 10am until 3pm
How can I support Your Salisbury Pantry?
If you would like to make a donation, regular or one-off, to support this important project you can become a friend of Your Salisbury Pantry here
Don't forget to select 'Salisbury Pantry' from the drop down list.
For any inquiries, please email
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59 Catherine Street, Salisbury, SP1 2DH
Where does your food come from?
Our food is sourced from Fareshare and donations are received from local supermarkets and suppliers including Waitrose, Tesco Extra Southampton Road, Tesco Metro Castle Street, Lidl, Bookers & The Pantry Partnership
Are you the same as The Pantry Partnership?
In short, no. Pantry Partnership is a separate, but similarly named, social enterprise running ins Salisbury for much longer than we have been around. The Pantry Partnership uses surplus food to connect people through cooking and sharing meals and supports a range of different food projects across the city. Whereas Your Salisbury Pantry focuses specifically on alleviating food poverty for our members and connecting them to advice and services related to the challenges of low income. We do, however, work with the Pantry Partnership, stocking their volunteer made meal, created from surplus produce in our chillers. We are looking at more ways to collaborate in the future.
Is Your Salisbury Pantry Accessible?
Your Salisbury Pantry has an accessible entrance to the rear of the shop.
Our front door is only accessible via some steps so the rear entrance, suitable for anyone with mobility issues, people with pushchairs and anyone using a wheelchair or frame, is used by a number of our members.
This entrance is accessed via the Brown Street Car Park, through a gate (open during our opening hours) near the Bell and Crown Pub at the Ivy Street entrance to the car park.
All our membership materials can be provided in digital format or large print on request.
We aim to make everyone feel welcome and if you have any questions or comments about accessibility at the shop, please contact us email@example.com and we will be happy to listen and help.
Do I need to shop every week if I am a member?
No. Once signed up, members can shop whenever they need to. Some members rely on us every week. Others use us to top up their cupboards monthly or fortnightly. Whatever works for you.
Can I volunteer on this project?
We have been very lucky to be inundated with volunteers offering their support, we therefore not currently seeking volunteers for the shop.
However, if you wish to put your name down for helping in the future or find out more about other volunteering opportunities across the work of the Communities team, please do feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org