Community pantry providing extra support over Easter

The community pantry in New Mills is open for two extra days during the Easter holidays to help local families in need. 

It was launched at the end of January by New Mills Youth and Community Project - a not-for-profit organisation which was set up to benefit the community by helping to tackle a wide range of local social and environmental issues.

The community pantry, based at the Indoor Market Hall, has since been available every Tuesday and Saturday. 

But it will also open its doors on Thursday 8 and 15 April in order to support families through the holiday period. 

A spokesperson for New Mills Youth and Community Project said: "There is always an extra demand on resources when our children are at home, so we hope these additional hours will help a little.

"So, on Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th, the pantry will be open to households which have children who are on half term, we will open for two hours (10:00-12:00), it will cost £1.00 and members can take up to five items.

"If this new concept proves popular then we will replicate it through each half-term in the future all being well." 

The pantry is open to all and there's no criteria to be met. 

Aside from households with children currently on Easter holidays, only members can use the community pantry so people should register for membership online at

Alternatively, there are membership registration forms available at the community pantry. People are welcome to either take one and fill it out at home then return it when convenient, or fill it out at the pantry.

Membership is £5 per year and it costs £2.50 per shop (Tuesday and Saturday). 

Anyone who becomes a member will get a reusable shopping bag too. 

To ensure there are enough goods to support everyone, items are limited to up to 10 for households of one or two people, and up to 15 items for households of three or more people. 

There are two donation boxes at the community pantry and donations of any unwanted cupboard items (such as tinned and packaged goods) are always gratefully accepted. 

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