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Purple Pantry to stay open

In July, we launched a seven-week pilot of ‘The Purple Pantry’ - a food shopping membership scheme, which offers high quality food. Following the success of the trial and overwhelming feedback from customers, we have decided to keep the Purple Pantry open for the foreseeable future.

In the first 24 weeks of opening the Purple Pantry has seen 3,474 households visit and has over 650 members.

The Purple Pantry opening times are as follows:

  • Monday: 1pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday: 1pm - 4pm
  • Friday: 1pm - 4pm  

We would like to say a special thanks to James Hall and Spar who continue to supply us with fresh daily produce. Due to the amount of deliveries we receive from Spar, we are able to assist numerous other food hubs across Preston and Blackpool to support their communities.

What is The Purple Pantry?

The Purple Pantry is open to all Community Gateway customers, regardless of where they live. In addition, residents living in the Moor Nook local community* who are not living in a CGA home are welcome to join. We work in partnership with FareShare Preston and James Hall & Co to offer tinned, fresh, chilled and frozen food and unlike foodbanks, customers can browse and select products of their own choice from a range of more than a hundred different items. Membership is not means-tested, and packages are tailored to customers. All items have a points value between 1-10, to provide some context, 25 points provides around £30 to £40 of food.

What do Community Gateway customers say about The Purple Pantry?

  • “It’s the best thing to have ever happened on Moor Nook!”
  • “With 3 kids it is helping me to budget and make my money go further. I couldn’t believe how much choice there was.”

How much is a membership?

There are different membership packages on offer based on the number of people living in your home.

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Package available to Moor Nook local community members

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*Moor Nook local community member defined by CGA

The Purple Pantry is located at Moor Nook Community Office, Langden Drive, Preston PR2 6HT.