A NEW food pantry has been opened in Stanmore.

On April 14, the Carroll Centre had its official opening of the new community food pantry.

This is a new project, created to help individuals and families in Stanmore who are financially struggling to obtain food, by offering them a plentiful resource of healthy options.

The food pantry had been in the works for a few months, and staff at the Carroll Centre had been providing free food items long before this new initiative.

Now, alongside the free items which help prevent food waste, the pantry is well stocked with fresh, dry, chilled, and frozen foods, from greens and essentials, to the occasional sweet treat.

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Carroll Centre staff was joined by deputy mayor Cllr Derek Green, who said: "Thank you all for coming along today to support the new food pantry, here at the Carroll Centre in Stanmore.

“I have lived in Stanmore for 60 years, and seen many changes. Since the start of the pandemic, many families have struggled to keep their heads above water, and with energy prices about to soar, this food pantry could not have come at a better time.

“I would like to thank the staff of the Carroll Centre for taking the lead on this, and wish them every success. To the residents of Stanmore and the St. Luke Ward, I would say, please, if you are struggling, don't hesitate to register and get the help you need.”

Cllr Green also put out a call for anyone who would like to volunteer their time to help the smooth running of the food pantry.

With this new service, the Carroll Centre hopes to make lives less worrisome and more comfortable. Residents of Stanmore are encouraged to visit the Carroll Centre and ask for more information on how to sign up for the food pantry.

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