The pantry remains open for households that are still fire-affected or whose incomes have been negatively affected by recent events.
We remain open for the same hours but limiting entry to a few at a time and observing recommended hygiene controls.
Unfortunately there won't be the usual dawdling over a cuppa or the food service.
See the latest Magnet article about local Pantries.
Open every Thursdays 10am to 1pm. Come along and have a look, get some good food at a budget rescue prices and have a cuppa while you're there. Bring your shopping bags. 20 Chandos St. Eden 2551
What's it about? A powerpoint presentation
The pantry aims at community building and to help people stretch their budgets to include basic food.
The Eden Community Pantry is open every Thursday from 10am till 1pm and on market days from 10-12 (2nd Saturdays of the month).
Food at the Pantry is received from a charity called Foodbank and other donations and is available to 'shoppers'. Each item received in the Pantry is allocated a ‘purchase price’ which is simply on a cost recovery basis. Shopping at the Community Pantry removes the ‘hand out’ element that sometimes is associated with charity. Dignity and self-esteem are important in the philosophy of Community Pantries.
The pantry is enabled by a group of church and community volunteers who are engaged in roles including hospitality, ordering, stacking shelves and sales. Community-minded volunteers are also encouraged to assist with morning tea and to sensitively welcome shoppers so that strong feelings of belonging are fostered.
Everyone is welcome with no membership process for people to fill-in before shopping at the Eden Community Pantry.
A broad cross-section of grocery items is offered with a total shopping bill well below the normal retail price. Also, there is often free bread and meat as well as some fresh fruit and vegetables. These are supplied by OzHarvest, Woolworths Fresh Food Rescue, Coles SecondBite or, in the case of fruit, vegetables or meat, the generosity of local growers.
Community Pantries have consistently shown to have an insignificant effect on the profits of the surrounding retail outlets. Community pantries have limited stock and limited opening hours and families still have to complete their shopping in the usual retail outlets.
The Eden Community Pantry is located in the Uniting Church Hall, 20 Chandos Street, Eden just behind the Eden Fishermen’s Club.
The Uniting Church Hall is also the venue for the 1pm Community Lunch each Monday, which also welcomes all.
Pictures from the opening day 18th April 2019 More pictures