COMMUNITY PANTRIES

(Updated 13/12/2023)

What is a Community Pantry?

Through funding provided by the DWP Household Support Fund, the Isle of Wight Council has financed the set-up of community pantries across the Island.   A community pantry works on the basis of a ‘helping hand’ to those in need and is a bridge between a foodbank and a supermarket, providing a range of food to those in need.  Applications for membership are managed directly through the pantries, and for a weekly contribution of £5, members will receive in excess of £15 worth of food. Visits are limited to once per week where a range of fresh, frozen and general food can be purchased.  The range of food available will change on a weekly basis, dependent on deliveries received.  The pantry may stock items which are passed their best before date. Best before dates are about quality not safety. When this date has passed, it doesn’t mean that the item will be harmful, but it may begin to lose texture/flavour.

There are currently 5 pantries opening on the Island and can be found at the locations listed below. They would be happy to receive both queries and membership requests from you.

COMMUNITY SPIRITED PANTRY, PARKSIDE PAVILION, VECTIS ROAD, EAST COWES, PO32 6HN

Tuesday 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm

Contact Details: 01983 296592 or email communityspirited@hotmail.co.uk

PAN TOGETHER, DOWNSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE, FURRLONGS, NEWPORT

Tuesdays & Fridays from 12pm to 3pm

Contact Details: 01983 248170 or email enquiries@pantogether.org.uk

Website: https://pantogether.org.uk/

OAKFIELD COMMUNITY PANTRY, OAKFIELD CE PRIMARY SCHOOL, APPLEY ROAD, RYDE, PO33 1NE

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 3:15pm to 4.30pm

Contact Details: 01983 563732 or email pantry@oakfieldcepri.iow.sch.uk

BABY BOX COMMUNITY PANTRY, VICTORIA STREET, VENTNOR, PO38 1EJ

Tuesdays 3pm to 6pm and Saturdays: 11am to 2pm

Contact Details: 07961 959003 or email vcpantryiow@gmail.com

Search for Ventnor Community Pantry at Baby Box

THE PYLE STREET PANTRY, NEWPORT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 98 PYLE STREET, NEWPORT, PO30 1UH

Wednesdays 11am-1pm & 5pm-7pm (Doors closing 7pm sharp).

Contact Details: email pylestpantry@gmail.com or phone 07300 329 610

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Mobile Pantry:

Cowes

Northwood  Cemetery,

Newport  Road,

Cowes

PO31 7ER

Monday’s:

10.30am – 12.30pm

01983 240732

Sandown

Lighthouse  Church,    

Fort Street,

Sandown

PO36 8BA

Wednesday’s:

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

01983 240732

Freshwater

Freshwater Methodist Church  

2 Brookside,

Freshwater

PO40 9AN

Friday’s:

3.30 pm – 5.30 pm

01983240732

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