The Govan Pantry is a subsidised community shop that helps families to shop smarter and budget better, providing access to food and other essential items at reduced cost.
How does the Pantry work?
Pantry membership costs £2.50 per week and allows each member to select ten items from the range of fresh, frozen, chilled and ambient food products and other essential items, helping families to make average savings of approximately £15 per shop. The pantry food supply comes from Fare Share West of Scotland, supporting a surplus food redistribution model, diverting food away from landfill and promoting a sustainable, dignified approach to food insecurity.
History of the Pantry
In April 2020, in response to the global pandemic, we established a food bank project in line with an identified need within the community. We provided almost 4,000 food parcels to families between April and October that year. Although the foodbank provided an essential service to families during this time, we recognised that this was a temporary solution, and that the community would benefit from support with food insecurity in the longer term. Converting the foodbank into The Govan Pantry meant that we were able to continue to provide support to local families in a more dignified and sustainable way.
Who can join the Pantry?
Anyone with a G51-G52 postcode can join The Govan Pantry.
We are open Wednesday and Thursday each week from 10.30am to 3pm.
The Govan Pantry is located within the Vestibule of The Pearce Institute (next to the monument) 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU.