Oasis Pantries are part of a growing network of community pantries opening in Bath, supplying low cost, high quality food each week to local residents. We’re partnering with Fareshare Southwest, who match up surplus, in-date food with individuals and families on low incomes.
Our Pantry in the city centre is open every Thursday from 1.30pm-3.30pm in the ground floor of Oasis Church Bath, on The Paragon.
Our pop-up Pantry in Southdown is open every Monday from 2-4pm, at the Roundhill Centre on Mount Road. We’re really pleased to be partnering with Bath YFC, Southdown Methodist Centre, St Barnabas Church and the YMCA to run this pantry, and we hope to secure funding to enable this to become a permanent pantry later in 2021.
If you live or work within approximately a 15 minute walk of either building, and your household income is less than £18,000 a year, then we’d love to invite you to become a member. All are welcome, and we particularly would like to encourage those who are lone parents or families, who are long term unemployed, from refugees / asylum seekers and immigrants, and anyone working with a support service, eg. Social workers.
What you need to do…
You need to fill in our self-referral form which you can find at the bottom of this page. If you’re a professional working with someone who is interested in the pantry you can also fill in this form on their behalf. If you need some help filling it in we can do it for you over the phone, just let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling or texting us on 07984014704. When we receive your completed form we’ll then be in touch to confirm your place.
How much it costs…
There are two membership levels:
Level 1 membership is aimed at smaller households, and typically you will be able to choose around 6 to 8 different items for only £3. These items would cost around £10-£15 to buy elsewhere.
Level 2 membership costs a little more, at £5 each week, and for that you can select approximately 10-12 items, with a value of up to around £25, so we’d recommend that if you’;re shopping for more people.
You’ll be able to pay by cash, debit or credit card.
What you can expect…
Our friendly volunteers look forward to welcoming you!
There will be a selection of fresh, chilled and store cupboard food and toiletries available each week for you to choose from. If you’re not able to come as planned, you can nominate up to 2 other people, over 16, who can collect and pay for food on your behalf.
On your first visit we’ll supply a cool bag for your fridge purchases. Please remember to bring this with you each week. We need to know that you have a working fridge at home, and that you will transport the food home in the cool bag then store it safely in the fridge. If you don’t have access to a working fridge please let us know, and we can put you in touch with the welfare team who may be able to help.
Where there is government advice in place in relation to Covid-19 we ask that you follow this, eg. by wearing a facemask unless you have a recognised medical exemption, maintaining social distancing and providing contact details.
We’re planning to offer tea and coffee too, so that you can stay for a chat, although that will depend each week on the guidance in place around Covid-19. We’d love to know what other services you’d find useful, and if we can well look to provide access to those.
If there’s more that you’d like to know then please email us email@example.com or call on 07984 014704.
Volunteering with us
If you would like to volunteer with either Oasis Pantry then we’d love you to get in touch! We need volunteers to help us pack away the FareShare delivery and set up each week, as well as people to help our members when we’re open. Just get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.