How to Ease the Cost-of-living Crunch (Part Two)

Food pantry
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This is the second of a series of three articles exploring different avenues to face the cost-of-living crunch and save money on your bills (in part one) and other expenses. In this article, we will look at ways to save money in your shopping basket.

Food Pantries (and other services)

Various places provide good quality food for free or cheaply, thanks to donations and community sharing. A few are listed below:


Love North Southwark

What? For £5 you can get 15 items including: fresh fruit & veg, dairy, meat, cereals, coffee, tea, tinned goods, and more.

Where? Cherry Garden Hall, 210 Jamaica Rd, SE16 4RT

When? Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 am to 1 pm

Peckham Pecan Pantry

What? £4.50 per shop, which gives access to fresh fruit and veg and store cupboard favourites – for the value of £15.Peckham Pecan Pantry


  • St. Luke’s Church, Chandler Way, SE15 6DT
  • 49-52 Peckham Park Road, SE15 6TU


  • St Luke’s Church: Wednesday; 1 am to 2 pm
  • Peckham Park Road: Monday to Friday, Opening hours vary

Albrighton Community Fridge

What? The fridge offers fresh fruit and vegetables, hot meals, frozen meat, bread, tinned goods and a limited selection of toiletries and sanitary products.

Where? 37 Albrighton Road, London SE22 8AH

When? Monday to Friday (except Wednesday); 1 pm to 4 pm

The Pantry

What? Weekly subscription of £3.50 gives access to an abundance of high quality, healthy and nutritious food.


  • Camberwell: St Giles Trust, 64-68 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8JB
  • South Kensington: Ixworth Place, Kensington & Chelsea, SW3 3QA
  • Hackney: Stamford Hill Community Centre, Hackney, N16 6RS

St Giles Trust Pantry

Rose Vouchers

What? A family receives £3 of Rose Vouchers for each child, every week, or £6 if the child is under one years old. The vouchers can be exchanged for fruits and veg at market traders and greengrocers that participate in the project.


  • Hackney partners: Ridley Road Market, Hoxton Street Market, Stamford Hill at these addresses.
  • Hammersmith & Fulham partners: North End Road Market, Shepherds Bush Market at these addresses.
  • Lambeth partners: Brixton Market, West Norwood at these addresses.
  • Southwark partners: East Street Market, Peckham traders, St George the Martyr Food Cooperative at these addresses.

Around Guildford

ZERO Community Fridge

What? Surplus food donated by local partner supermarkets. Open for everyone.

Where? ZERO, 14 – 16 Friary Street, Guildford, GU1 4EH

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 am – 4 pmZERO Community Fridge

Guildford Community Fridge

What? The fridge provides cupboard essentials, fresh fruits and vegetable. Open for everyone.

Where? The Hive, Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN

When? Monday to Friday; 10 am – 3 pm (Thursday until 5 pm)

Godalming & Villages Community Store

What? Food bank that provides a ‘shop with no till’ to give customers choice and dignity when they find themselves in need . You still need a referral to access the shop and you need to make an appointment before you visit.

Where? Farncombe Cricket Club, Summers Road, Farncombe, Surrey, GU7 3BE

When? Monday to Thursday; 10:00 – 12:30 / Friday; 10:00 – 14:00

Godalming & Villages Community Store

Godalming Community Fridge

What? Free surplus food collected from local businesses. Open for everyone.

Where? Hosted by Godalming & Villages Community Store; Farncombe Cricket Club, Summers Road, Farncombe, Surrey, GU7 3BE

When? Monday to Friday; 10:00 – 12:30

Surplus to Supper

What? Fresh surplus produce that would otherwise go to waste. They ask for mindful donation.

Where? Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Rd, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5PS

When? Saturdays and Sunday; 11:30 am – 1 pm

Old Dean Community Group and St Martin’s Church Free Food StallODCOG and St Martin free food stall

What? Fruit and veg stall.

Where? Old Dean Youth Centre, Kingston Road, Camberley, GU15 4AF

When? Sunday;  12.30-1.30 pm

St Martin’s Church Community Breakfast

What? Free community breakfast.

Where? St Martin C Of E Church, 231 Upper College Ride, Camberley, GU15 4HE

When? Sunday; 10 am-10.40 am


Too Good To Go

What? Buy and collect fresh food from cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers. This is leftover food that hasn’t sold in time, so you never know what you will get.



What? OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away.


Pass it on

The list above is long, but it is far from complete. You might know of plenty more resources that would prove useful to others. Do not hesitate to share them with us at  or on our Facebook page. You are also invited to share your experience of using one of these services.

We hope this helps. Take care.

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