St Giles Coventry Pantry Celebrates 3 Years of Community Impact

St Giles Coventry Pantry Celebrates 3 Years of Community Impact

It’s a 10 out of 10, there’s nothing I would change.”

– Pantry Client

St Giles’s Coventry Pantry team came together to mark 3 years of community impact this month (April 2024). Since opening, the team has welcomed 472 people through its doors with 2800 visits in the last year. 

A unique model, The Pantry offers more than just nutritious, affordable food. On-site staff and volunteers provide expert advice and support; many of whom have experienced the same issues facing the people they support today. For a weekly subscription of £3.50, people using the Pantry can choose from a range of fresh, wholesome produce as they would in any other shop whilst receiving support to address the underlying factors trapping them in poverty.  

This holistic approach stops their clients from falling through the gaps in services and helps to build foundations to support the whole person and create lasting impact. 

“Really lovely people. I’m always happy to come to The Pantry, the mood lifts up!”

– Pantry Client

Pantry Co-Ordinator, Jade Kelly said,

“The Midlands Pantry couldn’t be happier to be coming into our 3rd year of service. This shows the local need for the service and the massive impact we are having on our community. We are here to support and improve the barriers our clients face daily and are committed to reaching as many people as we are able, most of whom come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are also able to provide our clients with healthy and nutritious options and teach them how to implement this in their diets.

The aim of the St Giles Pantry Network is to support people to move people towards independence and enable them to thrive on their own.”

“Helped me massively with guidance and advice with interviews.

– Pantry Client

A recent client impact survey showed that of those who had used The Pantry:  

  • 100% received nutritional support 
  • 100% of clients were given debt support in their first session. 
  • 90% said they ‘were able to build positive relationships in the community.’ 
  • 60% were in a place to be supported with Education Training and Employment. 
  • 19% required and were given housing support.

Alongside the human impact, the 5-star rated hygiene facility has saved over 7 tonnes of food otherwise destined for landfill in the last year alone.

 

One Year Of Impact In Numbers: 

  • 2800 Pantry Visits and one-to-one support sessions, with every client getting support each week 
  • 2 current members of staff and 2 volunteers 
  • Over 150 households supported, including over 100 young people 
  • 7 tonnes of food saved from ending up in landfill 
  • 5 Star Hygiene Rated Facility

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