The Cumberland Community Pantries have officially opened its doors, offering residents in need, some relief with essential items such as pantry staples, toiletries and personal hygiene products.
Locations and opening times
- Wentworthville Community Centre from 10am to 12 noon, every Monday.
- Auburn Centre for Community from10am to 12 noon, every Tuesday.
The volunteer run pantries allow struggling residents to obtain essential and non-perishable items, which aims to support them through the rising cost of living.
Donations of non-perishable items will be accepted and made available to collect.
Donations which can or cannot be accepted are outlined below.
- Pantry items including pasta, rice, cereal, tinned goods, packaged snacks
- Non-refrigerated drinks
- Personal hygiene products
- Tissues, toilet paper
We do not accept
- Expired food or toiletries
- Open food packages
- Food with a short shelf life
- Sharp items including razors
- Household kitchen appliances
Give what you can, take what you need!
What is a community pantry?
A community pantry is a service often initiated by a not-for-profit or non-profit organisation to provide food for people and families who are in need of assistance. The items are affordable groceries, essential household items, family meals and fresh food and is often offered at a budgeted price or free. Food pantries can be opened in a permanent location or can be a mobile distribution service.
How does it work?
The ability of a local food pantry to provide the needed food and commodities depends largely on donations. Food pantries collect food from sources including:
- Donations in the form of goods, non-perishable foods, or monetary donations from members of the general public.
- Companies in the food industry that donate money and provide non-perishable food donations.
- First-hand donations from farmers who donate fruits, vegetables, and milk.
Once these donations reach the pantry, they are then sorted, managed, and stored. This is to make sure that the donated food and other commodities are not damaged, contaminated, or expired.
Why is a Community Pantry Important
The pantry can be an integral part of any community. The process of donating and receiving food from the local pantry not only helps to feed individuals, but it can also help them in other ways such as
- Allowing people who are struggling with poverty to save money that they would have otherwise spent on groceries or buying prepared meals.
- Helping local communities become self-sustaining through donations and volunteerism/donations from community members.
- Encouraging healthy eating habits in low-income families with children that may not have access to fresh food otherwise. Allowing for them to get fruits and vegetables in their local area.
For questions or enquires, contact Council on 8757 9000.