Southern Housing Group, Guinness Partnership and Clarion Housing have teamed up to launch the borough’s first community food pantry to combat food poverty, thanks to a contribution equal to £15,000 from leading housing repairs and maintenance provider, Wates Living Space.
The newly launched St Giles Food Pantry is located at Ixworth Place in South Kensington is designed to give residents access to high quality groceries in return for a £3.50 per week subscription.
Launched on Wednesday 11 September, St Giles Food Pantry has been made possible through a pro-bono refurbishment project by Wates Living Space, valued at £15,000, to transform a former storeroom into a fully equipped pantry with an outside garden area, as part of its social value commitment.
Food at St Giles Food Pantry will be supplied by FareShare, the UK’s largest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and tackling food waste and will include pre-shelf surplus groceries that would otherwise be wasted.
The innovative community facility is designed to combat food poverty and empower local people who may otherwise struggle to buy enough good quality groceries to feed themselves and their families.
Wates Living Space delivered the refurbishment as part of its planned and responsive maintenance services on behalf of Southern Housing Group, Guinness Partnership and Clarion Housing Group across Greater London.
David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Property Services, commented:
“Wates is delighted to have been involved in this incredible community project, which has transformed the building space into an area that can be used to support vulnerable residents that are experiencing food poverty.
Wates is committed to the communities in which it works and this is a fantastic example of how partnership working can deliver social value for our customers and families within the local communities. We look forward to continuing to support this project to ensure its long-term success.”
Southern Housing Group’s community investment services manager, Alice Webster, said:
“The official pantry opening is a wonderful opportunity for all colleagues and partners to come together to celebrate a fantastic example of what partnership working really can achieve and how it can benefit communities.”