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Co-op teams up with Your Local Pantry to support communities amid cost-of-living crisis


Co-op teams up with Your Local Pantry to support communities amid cost-of-living crisis
Rebecca Birkbeck: “Everybody should have access to good food, this innovative new partnership with Your Local Pantry complements our existing initiatives…”
// Co-op unveils a new partnership with Your Local Pantry supporting 32,000 households over the next three years
// The partnership will see the number of Your Local Pantry sites triple to 225 across the UK

Co-op has unveiled a new partnership with Your Local Pantry in a bid to help improve household finances through the rising cost of living crisis.

The news follows research from the group, which revealed that a third of those impacted by the rising cost of living are turning to food charities more often.

The partnership will see the Your Local Pantry network triple within three years from 75 to 225 pantries across the UK, with the addition of 150 new pantries, creating almost 650,000 visits by July 2025.


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The partnership will focus on communities where additional food solutions will make a “significant difference” and the pantries will support over 30,000 Your Local Pantry members who will save on average £15 per shop, with members often saving £1,000 or more a year or more on shopping bills.

Overall, the new locations will help to save Your Local Pantry members up and down the UK an estimated £5 million when fully operational.

The pantries are run by uniformed staff and volunteers who manage the stores with hand-held technology and operate like any grocery store where you choose the food you want from the shelves.

Members pay a small subscription of a few pounds a week (ranging from £3.50 – £6.50 depending on location), and in return can choose groceries worth many times more.

Co-op Director of Community & Membership Rebecca Birkbeck said: “Everybody should have access to good food, this innovative new partnership with Your Local Pantry complements our existing initiatives to provide dignified long-term solutions to food insecurity and the cost of living.

“Pantries are all about dignity, choice and hope. Each one operates as a member-led neighbourhood hub, often serving as a springboard to other community initiatives, opportunities and ideas.

“Things are tough for many of us at the moment and we are proud that pantries will be there to support people and their local communities in dealing with the challenges that are thrown at them, it feels like a real step in the right direction to make the world that little bit fairer.”

Your Local Pantry Network Development Coordinator James Henderson said: “Pantries have enabled tens of thousands of people around the UK to strengthen their community and loosen the grip of high prices. Pantries reduce isolation, foster community and friendships, improve health and pre-empt poverty, and this exciting new partnership with Co-op will enable thousands more people to join and enjoy Pantries.”

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