Food poverty is an increasing difficulty faced by many families and individuals across the UK. The use of food-banks has dramatically increased over recent years but these only offer food on an emergency basis.
Lucie’s Pantry is a social supermarket located at the Emmaus Salford Community Homestore on Fitzwarren Street in Pendleton. Lucie’s Pantry aims to provide a sustainable and affordable source of food and household essentials to members of the Salford community struggling to make ends meet through debt, illness or low income.
People who want to use the social supermarket will become a member of Lucie’s Pantry. Members will pay £2.50 per week and be able to choose items to the value of approximately £15 each week.
Membership will be limited by need and geographical distance to the outlet. In addition to food and household items, members will be offered additional support including a regular Citizens Advice surgery.
By becoming a member of Lucie’s Pantry, individuals will be helping to support others in their community. The more members who use the social supermarket, the more quality items can be sourced allowing even more people to benefit.
Lucie’s Pantry is run by Emmaus Salford companions with support from local volunteers. The initiative will benefit many individuals and families from the Salford area.
Lucie's Pantry is being run by Emmaus Salford with support from a wide range of organisations including Clarion Housing Group, FareShare, Great Places, Guinness Partnership, Loaves and Fishes, Salford Citizens Advice, Salford Foodbank and Salix Homes.
The need for Lucie’s Pantry was identified through discussions with local partners and Emmaus Salford customers
Once the need was identified, the Emmaus Salford community set out a plan for how it could be established and run at the Fitzwarren Street community base.
Companions have worked together to transform an old storage room into a good quality retail space with shelving, refrigerators and freezers to store the products.
It’s important mentioning that Lucie’s Pantry is named after Lucie Coutaz, one of the original supporters of the Emmaus movement.
We aim to grow the membership of Lucie’s Pantry so that it can support a large number of families and individuals. In time we aim to offer workshops and support sessions so that members can gain advice on health, housing, finance and other areas of personal support.
Lucie’s Pantry has only recently been launched but already members of the Salford community are benefitting from the service.
Through the development and launch of Lucie’s Pantry we have made contact with a number of new partners. We also hope that the project will raise awareness of the work of Emmaus Salford.
We’re working with lots of different partner organisations to source stock for Lucie’s Pantry. We are open to individuals who want to support Lucie’s Pantry with items or a financial donation. We also welcome more volunteers from the local community.