Yateley Industries opened the first Community Pantry in the Hart District from their premises just off the Reading Road in Yateley in early March 2021. The pantry is being set up as a Covid-secure venue with social distancing, and appropriate health and hygiene measures in place.
Community pantries give people a ‘helping hand’ by providing
groceries at a lower rate than regular shops and supermarkets, they offer a range of fresh, frozen and general foods which change each week. Access to the community pantry is through membership. Members make
a small weekly contribution and receive food with a higher value than the same
items would cost elsewhere. For example, members may be charged a nominal sum
of £5 per shop and receive £15 worth or more of goods. Community Pantries are open to individuals and families that
need a little bit of support to manage and budget through these tough times.
The Yateley Pantry will complement and not duplicate Foodbank provision.
Foodbanks provide emergency food provision for people in crisis, whereas community
pantries can provide a step on for people who are getting back on their feet.
There are two new volunteer roles available in readiness for the pantry to open it's doors.....
To assist with unpacking food and other products and placing them in the shop area.
To be a welcoming face to all visitors to the Hart Community Pantry.
To assist Pantry visitors with information about how the pantry works and provide them with assistance where needed.
To take payment from Pantry visitors.
Volunteer Food Collector :
To collect donated food and other products from local supermarkets and transporting to Yateley industries. This may be mid evening around 9pm.
Required on ad-hoc or regular basis.
Times to be confirmed so flexibility required.
This role is potentially a lone working role.
Where customers cannot attend the pantry drivers are needed to deliver the shopping to the customer.
Food storage boxes will be provided.
We are currently looking for volunteers who can ideally help on particularly a Wednesday or Friday.
Excellent communication skills.
Basic IT skills, Word and Excel preferred.
All Community Pantry Assistant volunteers will be required to undergo the online Food Hygiene certificate training provided before starting. PPE will be provided.
The role requires lifting and periods of standing. Drivers need to have full mobility to transport food.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
An enhanced DBS this will be undertaken by Yateley Industries.
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
For both roles: mileage/out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. Petrol at 45p per mile.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Recruitment Process
- Training provided
Disability Awareness and Boundary Training.
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Pantry opening hours: 10.00am -14.00pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (volunteer shifts are flexible). Drivers will be required for food collection on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Volunteer drivers are not expected to volunteer for 3 evenings a week - they can choose from 1 to all 3 depending on their availability.