Monday 10am – 12pm
Tuesday 12pm – 2pm
Thursday 2pm – 4pm
Friday 5pm – 7pm
In these increasingly uncertain times, there are two things of which we can be certain. Firstly, that mental health was at crisis point prior to this pandemic and will continue to get worse. Secondly, food poverty was increasing due to austerity, compounded by the decline in the Oil & Gas industry on which our area heavily relies. Given the current circumstances, I cannot foresee either of these improving anytime soon.
Often it is only when someone is contemplating ending their own life do the reach out for help with their mental health. It is the same with food poverty – they wait until the lack of food becomes a desperate issue until they are at the point where there is nothing in the cupboard, or hungry or having to choose between the mortgage or rent or heating or food. We do not want people in our community getting to either of these breaking points
In the same way you hopefully support your wellbeing through yoga, meditation, crafts, or talking to friends we would encourage you to subsidize your shopping with the community food larder. If you believe that hard times are coming, which they are for the majority, then be proactive and come to the community larder. For example, subsidize your weekly shopping with 10% by accessing the community larder if you are able too and if need be increase that amount if and when you need.
What is a Community Larder?
A Community Larder includes addressing food poverty as one of it’s aims but it operates quite differently to a food bank.
A Community Larder is:
- Open to everyone
- No referral is required (or details needed to be given to access the larder.)
- People have the ability to choose what items they require.
A Community Larder is NOT a Food Bank.
There are two well run food banks in Stonehaven offered by religious organisations Far & Wide and The Catalyst Church. These operate on a referral basis and parcel delivery only. The confidentiality and convenience of this model works well for some people.
We believe it should not be the responsibility of the same organisations to continually to have to meet the ongoing pressure and demand on their service. Our hope is that by offering a larder to our community we are supporting other organisations as well as reaching out to other people in our community who may feel more comfortable using a community larder. We would like to thank both Far & Wide and Catalyst Church for their collaborative support and open communication as we share the same vision that no-one in our community should experience food poverty.
How you can support The Haven Community Larder.
The best way you can support a community larder is to use it. Even if you believe you do not need too. By going to our community larder you are giving permission for other people to use it. You are helping to reduce food poverty stigma so that the message is clear “there is no shame or guilt in accessing donated food.” Often people do not access “free” food because they feel they do not “qualify” or they need permission.
We are especially encouraging Carers who may already be doing weekly shops for vulnerable people to access the community larder.
We need to make sure that everyone in our community knows about the Haven Community Larder. You can help by bringing it up in conversation to everyone and explaining to them why it is important to support it. Share the posts on social media and tag The Haven so people can find us. Be proud of using the community larder and share when you use it.
We are accepting non-perishable items. From asking other community larders in the area the most popular items are:
- Diluting Juice
- Long Life Milk
- Tomato Sauce
- One meal tins (macaroni / soup / chilli con carne etc)
- Pot Noodles
- Rice Pudding
- Pet food
- Cling film
- Tin foil
- Hand moisturiser
- Lip balm
Most likely there are some items in your cupboard already that are perfectly fine but not too your tastes. Bring these items to the community larder and feel free to swap them with other items so they do not go to waste.
Chances are there are some people in our community who may still feel uncomfortable using the community larder. One way you can support them is by going to the Community Larder with them. Of course this will be following government guidelines and when able. If they feel uncomfortable just turning up encourage them to call ahead and make an appointment so they know we are going to be expecting them.
With schools currently closed teen girls are unable to access free sanitary products. We have always been a distribution point for CFine period poverty project and having the Community Larder will enable us to remain open for women to access these. This can be done discreetly without seeing or talking to any of our volunteers if needed
I will be working the Monday morning shift and we have a mental health first aider working the Friday, for anyone who may need a friendly face or additional support.
Please watch out for and share our social media posts for updates. As always we appreciate and rely on your support.