Oscari is running a community pantry in Riddings, Alfreton

Community pantry to open up to new members

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Mon 15th August 2022

A community pantry launched in response to the cost of living crisis is inviting new members to sign up this week.

The pantry – based at the Church of Christ in Colledge Street, Riddings – offers members the opportunity to buy food worth at least £50 for just £5.

It proved so popular after its launch in May that Oscari, which runs the pantry, was forced to introduce a waiting list.

However, the group has announced that it will be opening up to new members when the pantry opens on Tuesday (August 15).

It costs £10 to join the community pantry and £5 thereafter for a weekly shop. However, Oscari has revealed there will be a slight increase in cost from September.

Oscari said: “Please do not message us to join, just pop along on Tuesday between 10am and 1pm with your £10 and sign up to our pantry.

“Please note from September the cost of a shop will be rising to £7.50. As much as we do not want to increase our prices, we simply must to be able to keep providing great value.

“That means from September the cost to join the pantry will be £15, obviously this includes your first shop too.”

The community pantry opens weekly on Tuesdays and members can visit each week.

Oscari stocks the pantry by buying in pallets of food from HIS Church and from donations offered by One Stop in Alfreton, Greggs in Somercotes, Morrisons in Belper, Luke Evans in Riddings and Lidl in Ripley.

You can find out more information about the pantry by visiting the Oscari Facebook page.