Community pantries and food vouchers

Join a community pantry

Join a community pantry and top up your weekly shop with a wide range of foods:

  • any Island resident can join a community pantry 
  • joining is not means tested and you do not need to be on benefits to go to the pantry
  • to join you need to complete a short form
  • 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
  • if you can’t get to a community pantry, please ask your nearest one whether a delivery service is available

Community pantry locations

East Cowes Community Pantry

Community Spirited, Vectis Road, East Cowes, PO32 6HN
01983 296592

Opening hours

Tuesday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Ventnor Community Pantry

Baby Box, Victoria Street, Ventnor, PO38 1EJ
07961 959003

Opening hours:

Tuesday 3pm to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm

Ryde Community Pantry

Oakfield CE Primary School, Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1NE

01983 563732

Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
3.15pm to 4.30pm

Newport Community Pantry

The Pyle Street Pantry, Newport Congregational Church, 98 Pyle Street, PO30 1UH

Opening hours:

Wednesday 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm 

Pan Community Larder

Downside Community Centre, Furrlongs, Newport, PO30 2AX.
The Pan Community Larder is for people living in Pan, Pan Meadows, Barton and Fairlee.
01983 248170

Opening hours:

Tuesday and Friday 12pm to 2 pm

The Aspire Mobile Community Pantry

A travelling community pantry, offering dry and canned foods only and not fresh or frozen, that goes to:

  • The Apex Church Hall, St. Faith’s Road, Cowes, Monday, 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Lighthouse Church, Lake, Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Freshwater Parish Hall, Victoria Road, Freshwater, Friday, 3.30 to 5.30pm

For more information:
01983 716020

Isle of Wight Council libraries in Ryde, Newport, East Cowes and Ventnor take accept donations of non-perishable food for their local community pantry. 

Food vouchers

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 if you think you met the eligibility criteria but didn’t receive a voucher.

Food vouchers and community pantries receive funding from the Household Support Fund (HAF)

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