From Depot to Food Pantry: A day in the life of a Christmas cake
Later that afternoon, an order was placed on GLADYS for the Midlothian Community Hospital Gardens Pantry. This order, which included two boxes of stollen, was then picked and packed by volunteers at the FareShare depot. Once the order was packed and labelled, it was stored in the depot, ready for the pantry the following day.
Next morning, the Pantry Coordinator, Lisa, loaded up her van to make the deliveries. Once at the Pantry, Lisa and the pantry volunteer, Sarah, unloaded their order. They set up the pantry, laying out all the items available that day for members to select, including the stollen.
Josie, a pantry member who chose some stollen that week, said “the food pantry has been a great support to our wider community. The team running the pantry are so lovely and understanding. The rise in cost of living is affecting people in so many ways, and the pantry helps take some of the pressure off.”
At Cyrenians, we know that Christmas can be a very stressful period for those struggling financially. The food distributed through the pantries, and other community projects and charities, helps to ease these pressures and ensure everyone has access to good food, no matter their circumstances.