Perry’s Pantry Q&A
Who are Perry’s Pantry Foodbank?
We are a new independent foodbank recently opened in light of the recent and ongoing pandemic.
What do we do and who can get a food parcel?
We provide weekly food parcels to people struggling to put food in their bellies or facing food poverty.
Anyone who is dealing with food poverty, financial hardship, and with the ongoing pandemic this can mean a lot of you are struggling whether you are retired, in receipt of benefits or working. If you are struggling, we want to help make sure to relieve some of the stress you are facing.
How can you get a food parcel?
If you require support from our foodbank please contact a local professional such as Citizens advice, local councillor, GP, health visitor etc who can refer you to our foodbank, please explain they will be required to fill out a form, the link for the form is: www.perryspantry.org/self-refer (the same kind of referral is also in place for those who would like to go onto our pantry scheme).
What is included in a food parcel?
A food parcel will usually include-
Tea & Coffee
Pasta and Rice
Pasta and Curry Sauces
Cereal or Breakfast bars
Tinned fruit and pudding
Lentils, beans and pulses
We also try to include sanitary products for people who require it and other hygiene products. Sometimes we include fresh items such as eggs, bread, butter, meat / vegetarian alternatives and other items but this all depends on donations and what we have at the time.
Do you help people with dietary requirements?
Yes, we help provide food to anyone, including those with a range of dietary requirements from Halal to gluten free, although these may be a little more limited.
Please make sure to let us know if you have any dietary requirements before we do your parcel so we can ensure your parcel is suitable for you to eat.
What areas do you cover?
We cover South Manchester.
What is the difference between the food bank and the pantry?
Food bank: The food bank is a short term food poverty solution, there to support anyone who currently has no income, extremely low income, homeless or waiting on benefit changes.
Pantry Scheme: The pantry is a long term solution to support anyone facing food poverty, struggling financially or on a low income to help provide a weekly food parcel at a reasonable nominal fee.
Single household: £3 a week
Family household: £5 a week
How long can I receive a food parcel for?
Our short term food bank you will receive a 7 day food & hygiene parcel twice. You can use our short term free foodbank up to 6 times in one year.
Or if you want to join our Pantry scheme there are no limits to how long you can sign up for our pantry scheme and you will receive one food parcel every week until you no longer require support.
If you are wishing to join our Pantry scheme please let us know. Prices are noted above, a single household is 1 person and a family household is anyone with 2 people+ residing at the address.
Do I need to show proof of income / financial hardship?
No. However, in exceptional circumstances for example (In urgent need of a food parcel and cannot get hold of a professional body to refer you) we may then ask if you have any proof of your income/financial hardship to rush through a referral for you.
If you struggle long term we can also look at sign posting specialist agencies that can better understand your needs and possibly help you further, these agencies may be able to offer you advice that may help your finances etc.
Can you deliver?
At the moment due to Covid-19 we have a team of volunteers who will be delivering each food parcel.
Once Covid-19 regulations change we may allow walk-ins.
We offer delivers on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.