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 extend the scheme until the New Year, so people can get food right up to and over the Christmas period.
During the seven-week pilot, 335 households signed up to become members of the Purple Pantry; as a result, the food outlet had a direct impact on 558 adults and 345 children.
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.”
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 1-5, to provide some context, 25 points provides around £30 to £40 of food.
Here is what a 25 points package can include
How much is a membership?
There are different membership packages on offer based on the number of people living in your home.
Package available to Moor Nook local community members
*Moor Nook local community member defined by CGA
We will carry out a further review in January to see if we are able to run the Purple Pantry for longer.
The Purple Pantry is open from 1pm to 4pm Monday to Friday at Moor Nook Community Office, Langden Drive, Preston PR2 6HT.