How We Got Started
- Early 2018 – Discussions with Glasgow city Council & our partner organisation Fareshare Glasgow & West of Scotland lead to the development of a best practice model
- Late 2018 – A steering group is formed to establish a pilot in the North East of the city
- 2019 – two more sites are identified, one in the East another in the South
- 2020 – The first two Pantries open, with great success
A further Three sites were identified in conjunction with the council
The Network was established to help sustain the growing number of Pantries
Govan help successfully open their doors
2020 has been an exciting year for the Network, we are growing in strength and a lot of interest has been generated in our model.
Our vison is to create a sustainable network of pantries providing, where saving surplus food from landfill can help support a holistic approach to food insecurity using. The pantry is a dignified approach empowering communities to help themselves. Providing a shop with low cost food, with the shop itself being utilised as a training facility to upskill the community and a hub element providing wrap around services tailored to the needs of the community.
The Scottish Pantry Network will help to create these pantries in communities, providing help and support to get them started. The Network will then provide ongoing support to the pantries through compliance, lobbying and creating links with food suppliers.
The organisation’s purposes are –
• The prevention of poverty and the relief of financial hardship by providing food security to those who need it most and being disadvantaged due to unemployment, low income, lone parent, health, and social standing.
• The advancement of community development by acting on behalf of the Network of Pantries, sourcing food to ensure there is enough in the supply chain, lobbying government, providing a regulatory function, and sharing best practice across the Network.
• Advancement of environmental protection by reducing food waste locally and nationally.
• Advancement of education by Increasing access to skills, training and employment prospects in relation to developing and running a local pantry.
• Advancement of health by improving health outcomes – particularly around the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, through social eating, improving emotional wellbeing and social inclusion through Pantries acting as community hubs, and by promoting access to nutritious meals and increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
• Relief for those in need by providing access to key support such as money advice, credit unions, housing, health, employment and skills.
Chair - Neil Young
Neil Young is the Youth Team Leader at Glasgow St Paul’s Youth Forum, working in Blackhill, in the east end of Glasgow for nearly 20 years. He was Youthlink Scotland’s inspirational leader of the year 2018 and the project was the Herald Society Community Project of the Year 2019, and Cultivation Streets Scottish Community Garden of the Year in 2019 and 2020, though it’s work to Grow Good Food, Cook Good Food and Eat Good Food. Neil was previously part of the Scottish Governments short life working group on Food Insecurity and was the organisation that the Fair Food Transformation Fund was launched from. Working with organisations like Nourish Scotland, Neil is passionate about people with lived experience of food insecurity leading their communities to a dignified solution.
Treasurer - James Ward
James is currently a Housing manager with GHA
Trustee - Jim Burns
Jim has over 20 years experience in the 3rd sector. He is currently the Director of Operations at Move On, an established and successful Edinburgh and Glasgow-based charity preventing homelessness and supporting vulnerable young people and others affected by disadvantage. Jim has operational responsibility for all of Move On’s services, across several bases and two cities, including 2 social enterprises. He was pivotal in bringing FareShare to Glasgow and the West of Scotland, helping to tackle food insecurity, as well as reducing food waste across 13 Local Authorities. Offering accessible, engaging, high quality opportunities for everyone who accesses Move On’s services is the driving force behind Jim’s work.
Trustee - Anne Mclaughlin MP
Anne McLaughlin is the MP for Glasgow North East. She describes her approach to politics as ‘sleeves rolled up and hands on’. She is a great advocate of community empowerment believing communities thrive when they are supported and funded to develop the services they need rather than having services decided for them. Anne is currently the SNP’s Shadow Spokesperson on Women and Equalities at Westminster.
Trustee - Prof John McKendrick
Professor John H. McKendrick is co-Director of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University, the university for the common good. Much of his work involves supporting the work of partners tackling poverty locally in Scotland. He has a particular interest in how Scotland is mobilising resources to tackle food insecurity.
Trustee - Jim Strang
Jim Strang has been in the housing profession for over 43 years and is a retired CEo of a Housing association in the East End of Glasgow, he is also a past President of the Chartered Institute of housing. He is also the Chair elect of Irvine Housing association, which is part of the Riverside Group
Trustee - Deb Allan
Deb has been instrumental in helping to establish TSPN. Deb is also innovation lead at SFHA
Trustee - Vacant
Trustee - Vacant
Operational management Consultant - Mandy Morgan
Mandy is currently a cllr at Gasgow City council. She has been working on the Pantry development for 3 years and Co founded the Pantry Network