People's Pantry

Tackling Food Inequality

Improving Diet

Improving Health & Wellbeing

Due to unforeseen circumstances and changes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, The People’s Pantry launch has been delayed, but we’re pleased to announce it will now open on September 7th.

The Pantry will provide ongoing support to people facing food insecurity. Anyone can become a member, and all members can then use the Pantry, paying £2.50 per shop, and in return accessing at least £15 worth of food and other essentials.

Produce will be supplied by a number of sources, the majority coming via FareShare, a food redistribution charity, and member subscriptions will be used to provide fresh produce on top of the usual basket of goods. Not only will this help to tackle food insecurity, it will also help reduce food waste and negative environmental impacts.

The People’s Pantry will be run by the community, for the community, so if you have any thoughts or ideas on how it could be run or would like to be involved please get in touch at peoplespantry@govanhillbaths.com. More updates on what we’re doing will follow soon.

The People’s Pantry is opening on Monday 14th September!

The People’s Pantry is a membership-led shop that provides good quality food at a subsidised rate.

About the Pantry

The Pantry will stock a range of essential items, from store cupboard staples, like pasta, tinned tomatoes, and coffee, to fruit and vegetables, and baked goods. Over time we expect to be able to offer a wider range of food and essentials. Our stock will mainly be provided by Fareshare, a food redistribution charity, and by other local supermarkets and food providers.

Anyone who lives in the G41 and G42 postcode areas can become a member of The People’s Pantry for £3.50 a year. They can then do a weekly shop for £2.50, which will provide a minimum of £15 worth of food. Members also have the option of paying a solidarity price of £3.50 per shop, to fund a small number of subsidised memberships.

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How to Join

If you are interested in becoming a member, please pop into the Pantry to fill in an application form. We will need to see some form of ID, (e.g. a driving licence or passport) and proof of address (e.g .a utility bill) to process your application. If you don’t have these, please get in touch to discuss other options.

Click to download our membership form and members terms and conditions.

Get involved

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The People’s Pantry will be run by the community, for the community, so if you have any thoughts or ideas on how it could be run or would like to be involved please get in touch at peoplespantry@govanhillbaths.com

Visit us 

Visit us at 488 Cathcart Road, Govanhill, G42 7BX 

Opening hours:

Monday 13.00 – 16.00

Tuesday 13.00 – 16.00

Wednesday 16.00 – 19.00

Covid-19

 Like other shops, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we will be using a number of measures to keep you and others safe:

  • Only 2 customers can be in the Pantry at a time.
  • Masks must be put on before entering the Pantry.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times. 
  • A one-way system will be in operation.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available to use when entering and leaving the Pantry.

Govanhill People’s Pantry

Food banks aren’t effective in dealing with the crisis in food provision because they only offer short-term occasional support.  But our pantry will give ongoing and sustainable and directly for those facing food insecurity. By helping to reduce food costs, people can then manage other expenses better and so better afford fresh fruit and vegetables, in addition to other essentials like clothes and heating.

The Scale of the Problem

Figures on food insecurity in Scotland show 14,318 referrals were made for men, women and children in 2012/13. This rose to over 70,000 the next year, and up to 117,689 in 2014/15. More recent figures show 133,726 referrals were made in 2015/16 – 43,962 for children – to access a three-day supply of emergency food.

Reasons for Food Insecurity

Low income, including low-paid, insecure work and inadequate benefit levels, are consistently linked with food insecurity. The price of food, as the well as fuel and rent,  affect the ability to afford food. These factors combined with the ravaging affects of welfare reform have damaged the physical and mental health of local people. Debt and welfare rights advice, along with foodbanks, soup kitchens and local food projects, have grown greatly to combat poverty and meet emergency needs.

How The Pantry Works

It will operate with a membership model, with people paying a low subscription of £2.75 and in return accessing  approximately £15 worth of food and other essentials.

Produce will be supplied by a number of sources, the majority coming via FareShare, a food redistribution charity. Member subscriptions will be used to provide fresh produce on top of the usual basket of goods. Not only will this tackle food insecurity, it will help reduce food waste and negative environmental impacts.

The Pantry will provide fresh, nutritional, good quality food at a significantly subsidised rate. The model is new to Scotland but is successful in other parts of the UK. Food will be provided in partnership with FareShare Glasgow and will include fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy to offer a quality shopping experience.

Key Benefits of The Pantry

Provide food security to those who need it most

  • Place the community at the heart of decision-making about food provision and choices
  • Reduce food waste, diverting food from landfill and cutting carbon emissions
  • Increase skills, training and employment prospects
  • Improve physical and mental health and social inclusion

About Govanhill Baths Community Trust

After almost twenty years of grassroots campaigning and resilience, Govanhill Baths is returning as a vital asset. The wellbeing of our community has always been at the heart of our work, with our ethos: Run for the community, by the community. Our Pantry has been inspired by our work in addressing a range of community needs.

Our work for The Pantry follows from previous work tackling food poverty by delivering:

  • A South-East and a South-West Food Map for Glasgow, a vital resource for CABs, Social Work, with 20,000 copies distributed each.
  • A Foodbank locally in partnership with Crookston Community Group aimed at minority ethnic  people.
  • Govanhill Grub since 2010, one of the first community-based healthy eating programmes in Glasgow.