Peter Symonds College has opened a community pantry to support students and staff who may be financially struggling during the cost of living crisis. 

With Christmas in just a few weeks, Peter Symonds College has introduced a new scheme to increase access to basic essentials.

Alison Sanson, Student Welfare Officer, said “The Pantry can be used every day if needed and no one needs permission to use it. It is entirely open access with no limits – we operate it on the basis of trust. We just ask everyone to remember that the Pantry is for all and to take only what you need.”

Liz Crouch, Head of Student Services, added: "Our Student Services team accepts donations to the Pantry of sealed items including tinned and other cupboard foods and toiletries, and we are very grateful for any donations made – especially in the run up to Christmas.

"We anticipate that the Pantry will evolve over time and are always open to suggestions."

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Hampshire Chronicle: Peter Symonds College has opened a community pantryPeter Symonds College has opened a community pantry (Image: Peter Symonds College)The pantry is located in the College’s Student Common Room and supplies cupboard and frozen food along with fresh items, toiletries and cleaning products.

Peter Symonds College also offers 16 – 19 Bursaries, Free College Meals, and free period products to support students who are affected by the cost of living crisis.

This scheme is helped by Winchester City Council and Connect4Communities which supplied funding for freezers and shelving.

Students who already receive Free College Meals are also encouraged to use the Pantry for goods at home if needed.

If you would like to help or donate you can contact Peter Symonds student services on