This Volunteers Week we wish the Peoples Pantry a 'Big Thank You'

Volunteers Week logo 2022As part of Volunteers Week, Fife Council would like to give a 'Big Thank You' to the volunteers at the People's Pantry in Leven. They were crucial in supporting the Levenmouth community and helped many families with vital food support during the pandemic.

The volunteers attended the centre every day without fail, packing food boxes, collecting surplus, delivering food packages and providing much needed support to the local community. During the height of the crisis the pantry remained open, and a delivery service supported over 350 Levenmouth households each week. We could not have provided this support without the Pantry volunteers, and they went above and beyond to help in the most difficult of times.

The People’s Pantry was formed in March 2019 with the aim of avoiding food waste and supporting families in the area by providing a low-cost food resource at the Centre Leven. During the first year of operation the pantry savings for the community totalled around £125,000 and the project helped to avoid around 30,000 kg of food waste.

The pantry is now back to its normal operating times and continues to provide an essential service to the local community with the support of our dedicated volunteers. It is open every Friday from 12:30pm until 2:30pm and members can shop in the pantry and choose from a great variety of food products available for their £2.50 membership fee.

Billy Bain from the Community and Neighbourhoods team said “I am absolutely humbled by the dedication of all our volunteers and the amazing partnership work that I have witnessed to support our community. Throughout all the doom and gloom the pantry volunteers were there for their community and I am privileged to have worked alongside such a dedicated team."

Photo of all the volunteers

Volunteers Pictured:  Vicky Skirving, Rosemary Duncan, Anne Hastie, Alice McLennan, Fay Millar, Rachel Murdoch, Cathie, Maclean, Walter Maclean, Hazel McColl, Louise Eason, and Karen Deloray. To all - 'A Big Thank-You'