Between April and July 2020, Your Local Pantry Stockport significantly scaled up and adapted its offer to deliver affordable food packages to the doorsteps of Stockport residents who were self-isolating due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
It became apparent that a high proportion of those accessing the service were older people in the Cheadle community. The Pantry wanted to continue to support those people to access low-cost food close to their home and the idea for the mobile pantry was formed.
The Cheadle 55+ mobile pantry will initially run as a partnership pilot project with Stockport Homes’ Independent Living Service to gauge demand, with plans to roll the scheme out to a wider area if successful.
The project has been made possible through a grant from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) for an additional refrigerated vehicle. For £3.50 per week, pantry members can choose a range of food including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat products, cereal, tinned goods and much more.
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