Fair Start Scotland Team Support Local Food Pantry
Recently members of our Fair Start Scotland team visited The Ruchazie Pantry in Glasgow to show support and to talk to people about how our services could help them if they wanted support to find employment.
The pantry is a dignified approach empowering communities to help themselves. Providing a shop with low cost food, with the shop itself being utilised as a training facility to upskill the community and a hub element providing wrap around services tailored to the needs of the community.
The organisation’s purposes are –
- The prevention of poverty and the relief of financial hardship by providing food security to those who need it most and being disadvantaged due to unemployment, low income, lone parent, health, and social standing.
- The advancement of community development by acting on behalf of the Network of Pantries, sourcing food to ensure there is enough in the supply chain, lobbying government, providing a regulatory function, and sharing best practice across the Network.
- Advancement of environmental protection by reducing food waste locally and nationally.
- Advancement of education by increasing access to skills, training and employment prospects in relation to developing and running a local pantry.
- Advancement of health by improving health outcomes – particularly around the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, through social eating, improving emotional wellbeing and social inclusion through Pantries acting as community hubs, and by promoting access to nutritious meals and increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
- Relief for those in need by providing access to key support such as money advice, credit unions, housing, health, employment and skills.
Our team will be based in the Pantry 1 day a month if anyone in the east of Glasgow city would like to come to talk about how we can help. If you would like to speak to someone beforehand to find out more information please contact Tracy Bain on 07977044911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org