Community pantries and food vouchers
Join a community pantry and top up your weekly shop with a wide range of foods.
There are pantries in Ryde, Newport, East Cowes and Ventnor. There is a community larder in Pan for people who live in East Newport. It operates in a very similar way to the community pantries.
You need to become a member to take part. Joining a community pantry is not means tested and you do not need to be on benefits to go to the pantry. You can join any pantry, you don't have to use the one nearest to you.
For £5 a week, you can choose over £15 worth of fresh, frozen, tinned and dry food. The mobile pantry will only have tinned and dry food available. You don’t have to use the pantry every week. If you don't visit you don't pay.
If you have specialist food needs, please talk to the pantry staff.
East Cowes Community Pantry
Community Spirited, Vectis Road, East Cowes, PO32 6HN
Tuesday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Ventnor Community Pantry
Baby Box, Victoria Street, Ventnor, PO38 1EJ
Tuesday 3pm to 6pm
Saturday 11am to 2pm
Ryde Community Pantry
Oakfield CE Primary School, Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1NE
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
3.00pm to 4.30pm
Newport Community Pantry
Wednesday 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm
Pan Community Larder
Tuesday and Friday 12pm to 2 pm
The Aspire Mobile Community Pantry
A travelling community pantry that goes to:
- Northwood Cemetery, Cowes, Monday, 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Lighthouse Church, Lake, Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm
- West Wight Sports & Community Centre, Friday, 3.30 to 5.30pm
If you can’t get to a community pantry, please ask your nearest one whether a delivery service is available.
Isle of Wight Council libraries in Ryde, Newport, East Cowes and Ventnor take accept donations of non-perishable food for their local community pantry.
Some families have been eligible for food vouchers funded by the Department for Work and Pensions Household Support Fund. Distribution of these has now finished. Please contact email@example.com if you think you met the eligibility criteria but didn’t receive a voucher.