Affordable, quality options are on the menu with the launch of Barnsley’s latest Good Food Pantry

Barnsley’s newest Good Food Pantry opened its doors in Lundwood earlier today (Friday 17 May), making it easier for local people to access quality food no matter their budget. 

Located at the Priory Centre in Lundwood, this is the latest Good Food Pantry to open its doors in Barnsley, becoming the fifth Good Food Pantry site we’ve opened across the borough. 

This space has been made possible by the dedicated young people and staff at BettaLives, with support from Barnsley Council and Barnsley Healthcare Federation and funding from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. 

The Good Food Pantry BettaLives Priory Centre will offer the local community good-quality food at heavily discounted prices. It will be open to the public every Friday from 10.30am until 12.30pm starting next week (Friday 24 May). 

Good Food Pantries provide a sustainable and affordable food offer for local residents, forming part of the wider community support and activities our teams offer.   

Food suppliers used by these pantries offer surplus food which would have otherwise gone to waste. This means that members will be able to make big savings on their food bills while helping us to reduce food waste, supporting our Sustainable Barnsley ambitions. 

Pantries don’t make a profit, with money made from sales being used to cover the costs of running these spaces, including buying varied good food to choose from. 

Councillor Wendy Cain, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health and Communities, said: “In Barnsley, we want to help families live happy, healthy lives and make sure everyone has access to affordable, quality food.  

“It’s great to see the Priory Centre, which played a key role in supporting our communities during Covid-19, continuing to play its part in our health and wellbeing priorities with today’s Good Food Pantry launch. We want to thank the dedicated young people and staff at BettaLives for working with us and the Barnsley Healthcare Federation to bring this brilliant initiative to Lundwood. 

“This is just one of the ways we’re bringing our Good Food Barnsley ambitions to life, and we hope these pantries continue to be a welcoming space for those who need it.” 

James Barker, CEO of Barnsley Healthcare Federation, said: “We are really pleased to have been able to support the Good Food Pantry. The purpose of renovating the Priory Centre is to offer community services, and this is the perfect example of helping local residents.” 

To learn more about how we’re helping everyone in Barnsley thrive and the support that’s available for residents across the borough, please visit our More Money in Your Pocket webpage. 

To find a Good Food Pantry near you, please visit our Eat Good, Feel Good webpage. 

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